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Patent trolls beware: app makers partnering up with legal community - Jacqui Cheng (Ars Technica) /via @jmcest & @technollama -
June 5, 2012
"When we talk about the so-called "patent wars," we are usually talking about legal swipes by major companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, and others over technologies involved in their phones, tablets, and various services. It's not very often we talk about the little guys. They're not usually very involved in the circus that has become the US patent system. That changed last year when patent holding firm Lodsys—apparently owned by another patent holding firm, Intellectual Ventures—began targeting independent developers for patent violations. But the developers in question—from iOS to Android and beyond—didn't think they were violating anyone's patents. At least for iOS developers, they were making use of APIs provided by Apple that Apple had licensed from Intellectual Ventures. And although Apple has recently been green-lighted to intervene in Lodsys' lawsuit targeting some third-party developers, there are many, many others left without the help of a multinational corporation on their side." -
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