The New York Times Company and OpinionLab sue Lodsys

“What goes around, comes around. There can be no more doubt that Lodsys sent out vast numbers of patent assertion letters, but some of the recipients fight back and ensure they sue Lodsys before Lodsys sues them,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents.

“On Monday I already reported on a declaratory judgment action filed by anti-virus software maker ESET against Lodsys with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, which shares certain characteristics with the declaratory judgment complaint previously lodged by ForeSee Results in the Northern District of Illinois,” Mueller reports. “Two more companies have just followed ForeSee’s example and also sued Lodsys in the Northern District of Illinois: The New York Times Company and market research firm OpinionLab.”

Mueller reports, “Both of the latest lawsuits against Lodsys target all four of its patents. Nevertheless they have some unique elements that are really interesting.”

Much more in the full article here.

Related articles:
All four Lodsys patents now also challenged in Southern California AV software maker ESET – June 13, 2011
Apple enters legal fray against Lodsys, files motion to intervene – June 10, 2011
New lawsuit may render Lodsys in-app purchase patents invalid – June 8, 2011
Lodsys sues 7 app developers in Eastern Texas; Mac and Android devs also targeted – May 31, 2011
Lodsys also threatens Android developers with legal action over in-app purchases – May 27, 2011
Full text: Apple Legal’s letter to Lodsys – May 23, 2011
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. Apple was already paying them a license that covered iOS developers, but Lodsys got greedy. Pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered. Lodsys is being led to the slaughterhouse.

      1. I never f%cked anybody over in my life didn’t have it coming to them. You got that? All I have in this world is my balls and my word and I don’t break them for no one. Do you understand?

        -Tony Montana

        Lodsys has it coming to them.

  2. It looks like a developing legal strategy for countering the choice of venue of the patent-holder friendly Eastern District of Texas: get a demand letter, and before the troll can launch a suit in their favored court, you launch the suit for declaratory judgment in your preferred venue (anywhere but Eastern District TX).

    Smart. Expect this to become routine.

  3. I think patent trolls, such as Lodsys, may have been slapped up against the head pretty hard, with the backlash from this latest attempt to extort money from successful firms.

    Hopefully this will give them cause to reconsider their suits.

  4. The only way to win against a bully is for everyone to attack him all at once. Here’s hoping that this kind of thing keeps happening, so that all of these very questionable “patents” get too expensive to defend.

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