After two years, its notorious patents were going to a jury. Lodsys blinked.
Lodsys decided over the weekend to dismiss its case against Kaspersky with prejudice. Instead of facing a jury, Lodsys will slink away instead. It was an unconditional surrender.
Lodsys blinks | Jim Dalrymple
After two years, judge lets Lodsys settle cases, refuses to hear Apple’s motion.
Apple, betrayed by its own law firm | Ars Technica
Court documents unsealed this week reveal who’s behind FlatWorld, and it’s anything but typical. FlatWorld is partly owned by the named inventor on the patents, a Philadelphia design professor named Slavko Milekic. But 35 percent of the company has been quietly controlled by an attorney at one of Apple’s own go-to law firms, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. E-mail logs show that the attorney, John McAleese, worked together with his wife and began planning a wide-ranging patent attack against Apple’s touch-screen products in January 2007—just days after the iPhone was revealed to the world.
Apple betrayed by its own lawyer | The Loop
That’s almost too crazy to believe.
One of the most bizarre patent troll stories I’ve ever seen.
The Meteoric Ascent of the Patent Troll and the Devastating Consequences for Innovation | Scientific American Blog Network
In essence, it would cost more money than the entire US software industry earns each year just for each software firm’s lawyers to skim read the 40,000 software patents published in the US each year. Obviously this is a ridiculous statement, there are only 40,000 registered patent attorneys in the US so this cannot happen, leaving the gate wide open to frivolous legal suits from competitors and patent trolls. In reality it seems, many patents don’t even get read. It’s almost as if we have taken our collective creativity and placed it in to a locked box where the main benefactors are lawyers and profiteers. In fact, there is no almost about it.
Oracle has filed a legal complaint against Lodsys — the company that’s taken aim at app makers on Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and other technology platforms for infringing on its patents — with the hopes of invalidating them.
Oracle sues patent troll Lodsys | The Loop
パテント・トロールに腰を上げたアップル | maclalala2
Apple’s License Claim Disputed | Lodsys, LLC
We stand firm and restate our previous position that it is the 3rd party Developers that are responsible for the infringement of Lodsys’ patents and they are responsible for securing the rights for their applications. Developers relying on Apple’s letter do so to their own detriment and are strongly urged to review Apple’s own developer agreements to determine the true extent of Apple’s responsibilities to them.
「われわれは以前、Lodsysの特許を侵害しているのはサードパーティーの開発者たちであり、彼らは自らのアプリケーションの権利を確保する責任があるという立場を示したが、今でもその考えは変わっていない。Appleの書簡を頼りにしている開発者も損害を被ることになる。そうした開発者には、Apple自身の開発者契約を精査して、Appleの開発者に対する責任の範囲が実際にどの程度なのか確かめることを強く求める」［CNET Japan 訳］
For the app developers who have been sued, this is now a very critical situation. As I explained in my Lodsys FAQ, patent litigation in the United States is extremely costly. The most important thing for those app developers is to clarify with Apple — and to the extent that Android apps are involved, with Google — whether they will be held harmless and receive blanket coverage including possible damage awards.
In this section of my Lodsys FAQ I already explained that in my view Lodsys had a Plan A and a Plan B from the outset: preferably Lodsys would like Apple and (with respect to Android) Google to pay up to address the problem, but failing that, Lodsys was (as no one can doubt today) fully prepared to take action against little app developers.
Lodsys、アプリ内課金の特許侵害を改めて主張–アップルに反論 | CNET Japan
パテント・トロールに腰を上げたアップル | maclalala2
The 57-year-old software guru on Friday sued much of Silicon Valley, claiming Internet giants such as Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and eBay Inc. have built their businesses around what he says is his technology.
Paul Allen, Patent Troll | Daring Fireball
Are these ex-Microsoft guys the worst patent trolls, or what?