Apple: iOS developers already licensed for Lodsys patents

“In a letter sent to Lodsys on Monday, Apple asked that the company withdraw letters sent to app developers demanding they license the technology,” Jim Dalrymple reports for The Loop.

“‘Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patents and the App Makers are protected by that license,’ wrote Bruce Sewell, Apple Senior Vice President and General Counsel,” Dalrymple reports. “Wrote Sewell, ‘These licensed products and services enable Apple’s App Makers to communicate with end users through the use of Apple’s own licensed hardware, software, APIs, memory, servers, and interfaces, including Apple’s App Store. Because Apple is licensed under Lodsys’ patents to offer such technology to its App Makers, the App Makers are entitled to use this technology free from any infringement claims by Lodsys.’

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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16 Comments

  1. I think its sad that Apple even had to license anything from these bottom feeder trolls.

    God I hate software patents. They need to be abolished.
    Total waste of time, money and resources to true innovators.

      1. Depends on the validity of the patents. Some of them should never have been granted. Software patents, in general, concern me – one click purchasing, etc.

        One of the problems with the patent situation is that the patent trolls profit too much and the bigger businesses just factor those costs in as part of doing business. Smaller businesses are caught in the middle – no money to fight in court, no money to pay the extortion. The only group that benefits universally – lawyers.

  2. I’m not a lawyer, so my opinion may be overly simplistic, but perhaps software patents cannot be enforced if the patent owner is not using the patented technology in his OWN product.

    For example, if you invented a “method or apparatus” for adjusting computer screen brightness remotely via internet, in order to claim infringement, you must demonstrate your own usage of it; in other words, you must be making monitors that can be adjusted via internet. Otherwise, sell your patent to someone who makes monitors, if you want patent to be enforced.

    Thinking up things and patenting them without lifting a finger to actually implement your idea is precisely what hinders innovation.

    1. Actually you just have to prove that you thought of something vaguely like it first, that’s how most inventors work, invent something->patent it->sell/license the patent.

    2. Sorry, but you don’t have to be using a patent to have it be protected. They’re different from copyrights and trademarks.

      To those who wish patents for software would just go away, that would be stupid. If you spent time and money developing an idea worth patenting, someone else should not be permitted to steal your idea and use it for nothing.

      1. @bizlaw,
        Your comment makes some sense. Let us look at another situation: While working on a project you come to conclusion then implement that conclusion. Your conclusion was never discussed between the other party(s), it was so obvious you never read anyone patented that idea. The difference unknown to you someone patented it.

        Your and their solution is so obvious that others through their own independent work come to the same conclusion all without any knowledge of anyone else working on the same issue. How is that stealing an idea? All that happened is someone patented that idea, maybe it was a “D’uh” solution. From the above it could be determined the Patent office should never have allowed it to be patented.

  3. So Google, did you think to license the technology Lodsys for the small hand full of developers on your iKill me too devices? No, they sell and distribute their applications on their own in that “Open” system of yours. Does that “Open” mean that you “Open” your wallet and hand over the money to Lodsys. What else did you forget to do when you tried copping Apple? Should have taken better notes when you were there!

    1. Google, MS they are all fellow licensee along with Apple. It was a relatively unknown (minor) patent that was put in a pot with hundreds of other patents that all major tech companies have bought mass license rights to. The entire confusing mess was explained quite well by Nilay Patel in his usual brilliant manner a few days ago.

      Let us not stoop to the irrationally hateful level of the blind Google fans. We’re Apple fans, we have better things to do, and we bring class and taste to most things we do and aspire.

  4. MacWorld has collected responses from grateful developers. Scroll to the bottom of the article:

    Apple to Lodsys: ‘App makers are protected by [our] license’

    Quoting:
    “Developer reaction to the news was swift. TLA Systems developer James Thomson, who broke the story when he received a letter from Lodsys, expressed a feeling of great relief.”
    . . .
    ““I should write to Steve Jobs more often,” tweeted Iconfactory developer Craig Hockenberry. Earlier in the day Hockenberry posted an open letter to Steve Jobs on his blog where he referred to companies like Lodsys as “greedy predators.””

    Greedy predators indeed. Garbage biznizziz like Lodsys should have their patents stripped from them for using them as tools to damage the computer industry. Would that we could lock their CEO in jail.

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