iPhone Live 151: The Lodsys Letters

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Rene Ritchie and special guest Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents discuss the situation and climate of uncertainty surrounding Lodsys threatening iPhone and iPad developers with patent infringement. What's happening, what options developers have, whether or not Apple will get involved, and what could come next. This is a special edition of iPhone Live!

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iPhone Live 151: The Lodsys Letters

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So if there is one tonightq does that mean here won't be one tomorrow or is this not going to happen until tomorrow?

So, if Lodsys (patent troll) does win, this almost certainly encourages all patent holders to troll. Why would any developer want to continue for fear of being sued. Almost any code could be misconstrued as a patent infringement.

While I'm sure it would suck to receive a Lodsys letter, I can think of 2 rather simple fixes. Either:
1: split the features of the full app into 2 or more in app purchases preventing you from being able to upgrade to the "full version"
2: change from a purchase to a subscription. Make the subscription last 1000 years per pay cycle and the only unhappy customers you'll have will be archeologists

Tried to listen, but vagued out about 10 minutes in. I'll keep an eye on what's going on. I'm curious as to what Apple's stance will be (if any).

In case anyone's interested, the full patent application for the patent Lodsys is claiming infringement on can be viewed at http://www.ptodirect.com/Patents/7222078 (view in PDF mode to see associated drawings). I have neither the time nor interest in reading through the whole thing (it's roughly 90 pages long) but I'd love to see someone else's take on it who is willing to read through it all.

Rene. Just wanted to say what a good podcast this was. A very informed contributor who was interviewed very well. You should try to get more guests on who are so knowledgeable. It really makes a difference to the quality.

For some reason I dont care too much anymore about the law suit until we find out if apple is doing anything. Yes i want apps to keep being developed but really what can I do?