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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A rough translation
by mbpark on Tue 24th May 2011 01:25 UTC
mbpark
Member since:
2005-11-17

Dear Lodsys,

Cut your crap or we'll sue you into oblivion.

Love,

Apple

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RE: A rough translation
by WereCatf on Tue 24th May 2011 02:09 in reply to "A rough translation"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Dear Lodsys,

Cut your crap or we'll sue you into oblivion.

Love,

Apple


Coming from one of the heavy-weight 300 pound gorillas in the room that right there can be quite helluva daunting.

I deeply dislike Apple and their behaviour generally and while I understand that they're doing this only to keep developers using their App Store I still applaud them for doing the right thing, even if not for the correct reasons.

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RE[2]: A rough translation
by Laurence on Tue 24th May 2011 07:46 in reply to "RE: A rough translation"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


Coming from one of the heavy-weight 300 pound gorillas in the room that right there can be quite helluva daunting.

I deeply dislike Apple and their behaviour generally and while I understand that they're doing this only to keep developers using their App Store I still applaud them for doing the right thing, even if not for the correct reasons.

I'd applaud them more if they weren't being so hypocritical.

It seems in "Apple-land", they have the right to hold patents and thus sue competing organizations where as nobody else is allowed to.

I guess the key difference here is that Lodsys aren't actually competing on anything - so if I had to pick sides I would hope for Apple. However the hypocrisy is still hard to swallow.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14


I deeply dislike Apple and their behaviour generally and while I understand that they're doing this only to keep developers using their App Store I still applaud them for doing the right thing, even if not for the correct reasons.


Even corporations can do bad things some of the times and good things other times. Applaud them for the good, and criticize them for the bad. In this case, Apple is doing the right thing for the right reason.

Its absolutely insane to think that an application developer is liable for the functionality provided deeper inside an api. It woudl destroy third party development on any operating system that has licensed ip. Even the MIAA isn't that insane. The concept makes h264 licensing seem reasonable.

Edited 2011-05-24 15:07 UTC

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RE: A rough translation
by MacMan on Tue 24th May 2011 12:48 in reply to "A rough translation"
MacMan Member since:
2006-11-19

Dear Lodsys,

Cut your crap or we'll sue you into oblivion.

Love,

Apple


I'd love to say this were true, but thats the problem with patent trolls:
they produce nothing, they create nothing only litigation.

As far as I know, without an actual product, you have nothing to sue them over. They need to have a product that allegedly infringes on one of your patents to be able to sue them.

The only thing one can do against patent trolls is go though the long drawn out process of trying to prove their patents are invalid.

Edited 2011-05-24 12:51 UTC

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RE[2]: A rough translation
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 24th May 2011 13:17 in reply to "RE: A rough translation"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Well, what goes around comes around. Apple abuses the patent system in the exact same way as Lodsys does. Apple complaining about Lodsys' actions is incredibly hypocritical.

But then, I've come to expect nothing less from technology companies, and Apple in particular.

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RE: A rough translation
by clasqm on Wed 25th May 2011 05:50 in reply to "A rough translation"
clasqm Member since:
2010-09-23

Dear Lodsys CEO

Please contact Darl McBride and find out what the wilderness looks like.

Love

Steve

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