iOS App Developers Face Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Lora Bentley

When intellectual property company Lodsys first threatened developers who created applications for Apple's iOS with patent infringement claims, Apple took up for them. General counsel Bruce Sewell essentially told Lodsys to back off, claiming that the developers were covered under the licenses Apple holds for the patents at issue. Obviously, Lodsys did not agree.

 

Not only did the company refute Apple's claims in a blog post, but Tuesday, Lodsys cut Apple off at the pass by filing a lawsuit against several independent developers, according to Bloomberg. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, names companies including Illusion Labs, which makes Labyrinth for the iPhone, and Iconfectory, which makes Twitterific.

 

Interestingly, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas is a preferred venue for patent holders pursuing infringement claims. LegalMetric Research Director Greg Upchurch told Bloomberg nearly 19 percent of all open patent cases are heard there.

 

In other smartphone patent news, Microsoft may be making more on Android phones than it does on Windows phones, according to InfoWorld. Thanks to a patent infringement settlement reached with HTC last year, Microsoft gets at least $5 for every Android handset the Taiwanese company sells. Observers have suggested that Microsoft may ask for higher royalties, but according to Focus Taiwan, HTC says no such request has been made.



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