Lodsys is back… And making the birds angry
July 27, 2011
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It’s been a while since Lodsys was in the news. The patent trolling firm has been threatening Apple and Android developers since Mid May and now they are back in the news in a most spectacular fashion… By suing Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds.
The firm has dropped it’s complaint against Vietnamese company Wulven Games but added five new ones and they are not the little independent developers but some bigger names: Rovio, Electronic Arts, Square Enix, Atari, and Take-Two Interactive
So, what’s a developer to do? Apple has tried intervening already and the letters to developers did no stop. A developer can go to court but that is an expensive and time consuming affair and it might be simply a better option to settle and move on.
This was the advice given by Florian Mueller at FOSS Patents recently. In a posting that he stated was not meant to be taken as legal advice he said:
It’s time to be pragmatic.
Lodsys won’t go away quickly unless Apple and Google pay them many millions of dollars (which could happen anytime but might also never happen). Meanwhile, each app developer who faces this problem should make a rational and responsible decision — even if it means to pay. So far there’s no indication that Android developers can get away without paying, and iOS developers don’t have a dependable basis for ignoring Lodsys’s insistent demands.
Read his conclusions and guidance at the FOSSpatents blog here