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JohnPinkerton
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Lodsys, Patents, Other Devs? Support?

So, apparently a dev in the community received a letter from Lodsys about some pattent stuff relating to their trial functionality of the app.

 

Has anyone else received a letter like this? Is there something RIM could do to assist in this type of situation?

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JohnPinkerton
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Re: Lodsys, Patents, Other Devs? Support?

Clarification: Not official RIM try and buy, just a link to the full version in the lite version of the app.

 

Letter was received in the mail, not as an Email addressed to the developer's legal department.

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peter9477
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Re: Lodsys, Patents, Other Devs? Support?

Hissss, nasty patent trolls, we hates them, we hates them.

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jtegen
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Re: Lodsys, Patents, Other Devs? Support?

What are they claiming and what do they want you to do?
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JohnPinkerton
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Re: Lodsys, Patents, Other Devs? Support?

jtegen, I'm unclear yet what is being requested directly from them. Soon as I can get a scan of the document I'll post more details.
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UberschallSamsara
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Registered: ‎12-29-2010

Re: Lodsys, Patents, Other Devs? Support?

Was this recently?  Google finally made a move a couple weeks ago that some folks said would put Lodsys' activities on ice for a long time.

 

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/08/google-android-lodsys-patent/

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UberschallSamsara
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Re: Lodsys, Patents, Other Devs? Support?

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Finally found the link I was thinking of yesterday:

 

"Google Reexam Requests Devastating to Lodsys"

 

"Most reexamination requests rely on a finding of obviousness, which is a far more subject standard than demonstrating a lack of novelty. A lack of novelty can be established by any one piece of prior art that discloses each of the key elements of claimed invention. In each of these cases Google has identified not one, but five separate pieces of prior art that each alone demonstrates a lack of novelty in the critical Lodsys claims."

 

I'm not a lawyer, yadda, yadda, yadda.

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UberschallSamsara
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Re: Lodsys, Patents, Other Devs? Support?

BTW, EFF is streaming a patent presentation on Sep 9:

 

Join Us for "Patent Trolls and You: EFF Virtual Boot Camp for App Developers"

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Innovatology
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Re: Lodsys, Patents, Other Devs? Support?

This post in the Android dev forum contains some useful advice. So does the rest of the thread, by the way:

 

http://groups.google.com/group/android-developers/msg/fc0bf8e92b5f45f3

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