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.Â 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 Appleâ€™s agreement. Before, during and after these interactions, Lodsys has carefully considered this issue and consulted several legal experts to consider Appleâ€™s claims. We stand firm and restate our previous position that it is the 3rd party Developers that are responsible for the infringement of Lodsysâ€™ patents and they are responsible for securing the rights for their applications. Developers relying on Appleâ€™s letter do so to their own detriment and are strongly urged to review Appleâ€™s own developer agreements to determine the true extent of Appleâ€™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 Appleâ€™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 Appleâ€™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 Appleâ€™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.