“Following a number of legal threats that were sent by Lodsys to third-party iOS developers over in-app purchases on the iPhone App Store, the company has taken to its official blog to explain and justify its actions,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.
“The answers were given on Sunday in a number of posts made to the company’s official blog, in which the company revealed that Apple has not been sued because the company is licensed to offer in-app purchases,” Marsal reports. “But Lodsys believes that developers do not have the right to offer in-app purchases through Apple’s system without licensing as well.”
Marsal reports, “The question-and-answer posts also reveal that Lodsys is seeking 0.575 percent of U.S. revenue over the period of the notice letter to the expiration of the patent, plus applicable usage. That would amount to $5,750 per year for an application that makes $1 million in annual sales. Last week, developers began receiving letters from Lodsys, and were accused of patent infringement. The letters gave developers 21 days to license technology related to in-app purchases, a feature that Apple offers iOS developers through its App Store.”
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Lodsys threatens Apple App Store devs with lawsuit over In-App Purchases – May 13, 2011