Lodsys, the troll previously suing independent iOS and Android developers for infringing on a fax-machine era patent they claim covers in-app transactions such as upgrades and upsells, has now modified the suit to go after Angry Birds developer Rovio, SIMS developer Electronic Arts, Atari, Final Fantasy maker Square Enix, and 2K sports developer Take-Two Interactive. That takes the number of developers involved in the suit from 7 to 11.
FOSSPatents points out that this might mean:
- Lodsys isn't afraid to go after "deep pocket" developers.
- They're going after these developers for Android as well as iOS
- They don't seem intimidated in the least by Apple legal
- Apple and Google, due to their existing licenses, might be precluded trying to invalidate Lodsys' patents as a means of interceding.
Apple is still trying to intervene based on patent exhaustion, though that may or may not prove successful. Some developers, meanwhile, have removed their apps from the US App Store to avoid any potential suits.
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