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Lodsys Takes On Gaming Heavyweights Including Rovio, EA, and Atari in Patent Dispute

Patent holding firm Lodsys, which has received tremendous publicity for targeting iOS and Android app developers in a patent dispute over the developers' use of in-app purchasing and upgrade links within their apps, has amended the list of defendants in its lawsuit on the manner to include a number of high-profile gaming firms.


As detailed by FOSS Patents, Lodsys has now included Angry Birds developer Rovio, Electronic Arts, Atari, Square Enix, and Take-Two Interactive in its complaint. From the amended complaint regarding Rovio:
Defendant Rovio has infringed and continues to infringe, directly, indirectly, literally, under the doctrine of equivalents, contributorily, and/or through the inducement of other, one or more claims of the '565 patent. Rovio makes, sells, uses, imports, and/or offers to sell infringing applications, including but not limited to Angry Birds for iPhone and Angry Birds for Android, which infringe at least claim 27 of '565 patent under 35 U.S.C. § 271.
Besides adding the five game studios to its lawsuit, Lodsys also dropped Vietnamese developer Wulven Games from the suit, making for a total of eleven developers and companies targeted by the suit. All told, Lodsys has targeted 37 entities in suits related to a number of patents, with defendants ranging from small developers to major firms such as HP, Best Buy, The New York Times Company and EA.

Apple previously stepped forward to assist iOS developers being targeted by Lodsys, claiming that Apple is "indisputably licensed" to the intellectual property in question and that third-party developers are covered by that license. Apple has also filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit and take on the role of a defendant and counterclaim plaintiff.

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43 months ago
They should pull the troops out of Afghanistan and send them to Lodsys's office in the continued fight against terrorism
Rating: 39 Votes
43 months ago
There ya go, Thomas, I fixed your quote for you:

"I never did anything by accident,
nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work and ripping off Nikola Tesla."
-Thomas Edison
Rating: 22 Votes
43 months ago
I am sooo glad they did this. I hope they get bankrupted.
Rating: 14 Votes
43 months ago
Someone please tell Lodsys to stop before they further embarrass themselves.
Rating: 12 Votes
42 months ago
Rating: 11 Votes
43 months ago
what they did with the patent is to sue, not to protect something they make. That's the difference.
Rating: 10 Votes
43 months ago
love the quote from Edison.
apparantly much of what he "invented" was actually done by his team.
He was just good at exploiting and marketing and extracting patent fees.
Rating: 7 Votes
43 months ago
For some of these big buys, it may be cheaper to just pay them, but I hope they fight them instead, out of principle. A patent of upgrading? WTF!?
Rating: 6 Votes
42 months ago

Has Lodsys become the new Psystar?[/URL]


More like the new SCO.
Rating: 5 Votes
42 months ago
In some cases Lodsys is claiming they patented a hyperlink.

Developers are putting links in their app that takes users to other apps they have written, either on iTunes or their own website. Lodsys is claiming that this is gathering information from the user when really it isn't.

Hyperlink patents have failed before...

http://news.cnet.com/2100-1033-955001.html
Rating: 4 Votes

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