|Wed, 10/26/2011 - 19:02 — Dickel||Tweet||
Below is a list of recent events involving Lodsys in 2011:
There are basically two categories of events: the actual legal cases against Lodsys and the developers or web services known to have only received the initial pre-litigation letter have less been a subject.
The legal cases and declaratory judgement(DJ) involving Lodsys
Companies engaged in legal battles against Lodsys include service providers, software applications, game developers, and other websites such as The New York Times, OpinionLab, Brother, Foresee Results, LivePerson. The legal cases also include clients of those mentioned providers. For a more detailed list see the following post on the Groklaw website which dates back to July of 2011.
So the basis of the infringement in the different cases are very diverse.
The battle up till now on the declaratory judgement have been about procedural matters involving the transfer of venues between the state of Illinois, Wisconsin and Texas where Lodsys is based.
Read the latest Groklaw update on the matter dated 24th of October 2011
The independent Iphone and Android developer cases
Lodsys has also gone against independent mobile App developers. In May of 2011, Lodsys had sued iOS developers. The same way as for GroupCamp, Lodsys puts the focus on the ‘708 patent although the three other patents are always mentioned.
How Apple and Google are involved
What has been very much covered by the media is the legal battle between Lodsys and the two marketplace giants Apple and Google.
Following Lodsys’s target of iOS developers, Apple has responded by stating that although Apple licenses Lodsys patents, "under its license, Apple is entitled to offer these licensed products and services to its customers and business partners, who, in turn, have the right to use them". Read the full text letter of Apple's letter to Lodsys here
Google has also entered the litigation battle by filing a reexamination with the USPTO (US Patent Office) on 57 out of the 98 claims of two of Lodsys's four patents: the '078 patent and the '565 patent. The request was granted by the USPTO.
According to the Groklaw website, Lodsys now has up to the 28th of November 2011 to respond for the ‘078, and up to the 11th of December 2011 for the '565.