Full text: Apple Legal’s letter to Lodsys

Macworld has posted the full text of the letter Apple Legal sent to Lodsys regarding its patent dispute with app developers.

It begins:


May 23, 2011

Mark Small
Chief Executive Officer
Lodsys, LLC
[Address information removed]

Dear Mr. Small:

I write to you on behalf of Apple Inc. (“Apple”) regarding your recent notice letters to application developers (“App Makers”) alleging infringement of certain patents through the App Makers’ use of Apple products and services for the marketing, sale, and delivery of applications (or “Apps”). Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patents and the Apple App Makers are protected by that license. There is no basis for Lodsys’ infringement allegations against Apple’s App Makers. Apple intends to share this letter and the information set out herein with its App Makers and is fully prepared to defend Apple’s license rights…

Read the full text of the letter here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Apple: iOS developers already licensed for Lodsys patents – May 23, 2011
EFF calls on to Apple defend iOS developers in Lodsys legal threats – May 21, 2011
Following Lodsys legal threats, Apple reportedly stops approving iOS apps with In-App Purchases – May 18, 2011
Lodsys defends legal threats: Apple is licensed, iOS developers are not – May 16, 2011
Lodsys threatens Apple App Store devs with lawsuit over In-App Purchases – May 13, 2011


  1. This might have seemed like a minor threat, but Apple obviously understands that their whole business modle depends on the devs.
    Good for them for stepping up to defend the devs. What would Google do?

  2. It’s also nice to know that apple offers an umbrella of their legal protection when you use their APIs. It also illustrates an interesting benefit of providing a whole range of APIs for iOS developers, andspeaks a whole lot about apple having a well thought out game plan for their ecosystem.

  3. So much for all the Chicken Littles lambasting Apple for doing nothing to back up their developers last week. Next time, realize that a legal response takes a bit of time to formulate.

    1. I just finished the Jack Reacher series and was looking for a new Bad Ass in a series and am currently reading my 1st book with Mitch Rapp. (Pursuit of Honor) I’m Liking it.

  4. Apple’s other secret, as yet unpublished, letter to Lodsys.

    Dear Mr Small

    Would you like a side of iMac with your craw?

    Sent from my iPad

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