Lodsys Responds to Apple, Sues Developers, Revolutionizes ‘Douchery’

Lodsys has written a lengthy response on their blog today responding to Apple and also filed lawsuits against developers. The company also boldly claims to pay out $1000 USD to developers who prove them wrong. Here’s some info from their blog:

Lodsys’ Response to Apple

The letter was very surprising as Apple and Lodsys were in confidential discussions and there was clearly disagreement on the interpretation of the license terms of Apple’s agreement. Before, during and after these interactions, Lodsys has carefully considered this issue and consulted several legal experts to consider Apple’s claims. 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.

Lodsys on Paying Out $1000 USD

While it is true that Apple and Lodsys have an obvious dispute about the scope of Apple’s license to the Lodsys Patents, we are willing to put our money where our mouth is and pay you something if we are wrong. Therefore, Lodsys offers to pay $1,000 to each entity to whom we have sent an infringement notice for infringement on the iOS platform, or that we send a notice to in the future, if it turns out that the scope of Apple’s existing license rights apply to fully license you with respect to our claim relating to your App on Apple iOS.

Why did Lodsys sue some App Developers on May 31, 2011?

Lodsys chose to move litigation timing to an earlier date than originally planned, in response to Apple’s threat, in order to preserve its legal options.

You can read the rest of their legal diarrhea here. It’s clear they are running a full patent troll blitz and are ready for war. Douchery, at its finest.

[via MacRumors]

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  • Eagle Looking

    Fittingly it is “slap a douche” day on FaceBook…LOL! Let’s find these clowns!

  • Unfrozen Jon

    I love the whitty and blunt coverage you have been giving about this situation.

    Lodsys bit off more than they can chew. Earning the ire of two of their licensees (Google as well) that have a great deal of money and influence is a foolish strategy way to try to earn a quick buck.

    I do hope Apple aggressively defends their developers, they are one of the major reasons iOS was able to revolutionize things.

  • Unfrozen Jon

    I love the whitty and blunt coverage you have been giving about this situation.

    Lodsys bit off more than they can chew. Earning the ire of two of their licensees (Google as well) that have a great deal of money and influence is a foolish strategy way to try to earn a quick buck.

    I do hope Apple aggressively defends their developers, they are one of the major reasons iOS was able to revolutionize things.

  • Thanks. I hope Lodsys has enough cash rolling around to pay their lawyers. Devs don’t need to deal with this unnecessary stress.

  • Thanks. I hope Lodsys has enough cash rolling around to pay their lawyers. Devs don’t need to deal with this unnecessary stress.

  • Thanks. I hope Lodsys has enough cash rolling around to pay their lawyers. Devs don’t need to deal with this unnecessary stress.

  • Thanks. I hope Lodsys has enough cash rolling around to pay their lawyers. Devs don’t need to deal with this unnecessary stress.

  • Thanks. I hope Lodsys has enough cash rolling around to pay their lawyers. Devs don’t need to deal with this unnecessary stress.

  • Jonduke

    Actually this is ridiculous.

    If I was a individual suing Apple for something you guys would be insult me even if I was right…

    I don’t think a company would give 1000$ to a bunch a people just like that so they do they are right or they think so anyways…

    How many have any of you got in an argument and they realized you were wrong? Should people point a finger and laugh? Of course not…

  • Jonduke

    Actually this is ridiculous.

    If I was a individual suing Apple for something you guys would be insult me even if I was right…

    I don’t think a company would give 1000$ to a bunch a people just like that so they do they are right or they think so anyways…

    How many have any of you got in an argument and they realized you were wrong? Should people point a finger and laugh? Of course not…

  • Lodsys doesn’t have any real service or product. They are also suing printer manufacturers. All they do is sue.

  • Lodsys doesn’t have any real service or product. They are also suing printer manufacturers. All they do is sue.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure they do… but will they have the money available when Apple sues them and they have to settle out of court?

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