Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd May 2011 20:36 UTC
Legal Apple has responded to the recent patent threats again iOS application developers by Lodsys. Bruce Sewell, Apple's senior vice president and general counsel, sent a letter to Lodsys CEO Mark Small detailing why the threats are baseless. Apple claims they have a license to the patents in question, and that the iOS application developers are mere customers - not distributors.
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Comment by Stratoukos
by Stratoukos on Mon 23rd May 2011 21:26 UTC
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2009-02-11

They're not actually implementing any new code that itself infringes on Lodsys' patents, and as such.

Ahh, but you see, they haven't patented code that implements in-app purchases, they've patented the idea of in-app purchases.

So, if you consider OSNews to be a web app, then the OSNews premium button (does this still exists?) actually infringes said patent, and preys on the hard work of poor, poor Lodsys.

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RE: Comment by Stratoukos
by Alfman on Mon 23rd May 2011 22:08 in reply to "Comment by Stratoukos"
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2011-01-28

Stratoukos,

Yep, that's pretty much how patents work these days. Patents encourage this type of behavior, and those who don't play (because the system sucks all around) are the victims.

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