“Apple is hoping to corner the app market with a USPTO patent filing published Thursday,” Electronista reports. “A submission for ‘In Application Purchasing’ appears to cover the basics of what most app stores use today, letting users buy content from within an app from an outside content store as though it were from within the app. Some variants can put up an overlay to bring up the purchase, and the app itself could be an HTML5 web app, not just native.”
“The patent was originally filed on April 26 of last year,” Electronista reports.
“If upheld, the patent could create trouble for Google, Microsoft, and RIM, all of whom have recently or will be implementing in-app purchasing. Some of the patent claims might not be upheld, but others could be broad enough to cover common technology,” Electronista reports. “A granted patent could theoretically complicate Lodsys’ patent lawsuit campaign.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]
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