Apple files motion to intervene in Lodsys patent lawsuit

You may remember that Neowin previously reported on the letter sent by Apple to Lodsys, defending its App Store developers. Apple claims that the license given by Lodsys covers its developers' use of in-app purchase APIs. The company has now filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit, claiming that it has a right to, since Apple licensed the technology. This comes from BlogSpot and Ars Technica. The patent in question is US Patent #772,078 and says it is a patent for "Methods and systems for gathering information from units of a commodity across a network."

This especially hurts independent developers. Patent lawsuits are very expensive, leaving developers no choice but to settle. This would only encourage more lawsuits. So Apple probably feels like it has no choice to step in, knowing that it needs small developers and small developers rely on Apple for APIs and other technology.

Apple argues in its motion that it has a vested interest in the property. Apple says in the motion that developers "lack the resources to fully and fairly litigate the issue of whether Lodsys's claims are exhausted". This move will be a thorn in Lodsys's side. It is up to the judge to decide whether the intervention will be allowed. However, the intervention will probably be allowed, due to the fact that Apple's case is well-pleaded. It should be interesting to see what the legal system does and how Lodsys and Apple both respond.

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HAH! They are only doing this to cover their own assess, because IF Lodys wins the case then a LOT of apps will need to be pulled from the app store, which would make it a barren wasteland.

If they get "good PR" for defending the "little" guys.... bah I say!

Apple is definitely doing the right thing here. I'm glad they're stepping up to the plate here and defending their developers. This could set a very bad precedent if allowed to continue.

Here we go again with apple who thinks they own a right to everything. To Apple Fail... YOU DUN OWN A TING CEPT GETTIN UR BUTT KICKED SOO HARD THAT YOU SCREAM FOR MERCY AND TAT WE WILL GIGGLE AT YOU AND NOT HELP U AT ALL.

soldier1st said,
Here we go again with apple who thinks they own a right to everything. To Apple Fail... YOU DUN OWN A TING CEPT GETTIN UR BUTT KICKED SOO HARD THAT YOU SCREAM FOR MERCY AND TAT WE WILL GIGGLE AT YOU AND NOT HELP U AT ALL.

What is this I don't even...

soldier1st said,
Here we go again with apple who thinks they own a right to everything. To Apple Fail... YOU DUN OWN A TING CEPT GETTIN UR BUTT KICKED SOO HARD THAT YOU SCREAM FOR MERCY AND TAT WE WILL GIGGLE AT YOU AND NOT HELP U AT ALL.

Apple has licensed this patent from them. SO THEY DO OWN IT AS PART OF A LICENSE LETS ALL TYPE IN CAPS.

Lodsys are just angry because of how popular the app store now is they probably got a bad deal when they initially licensed it to Apple, so they're trying to find a way to screw the developers

Of course it should be allowed, Lodsys thought it was being clever by going after the little guys who didnt stand a chance of fighting back, maybe teach them a lesson if Apple got involved.