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Google Takes a Small Step in Lodsys Patent-Troll Case 83

The Lodsys saga continues; reader WyzrdX writes with this excerpt from Wired: "Google has intervened in an ongoing intellectual property dispute between smartphone application developers and a patent-holding firm, Wired.com has learned, marking the Mountain View company's first public move to defend Android coders from a patent troll lawsuit that's cast a pall on the community. The company says it filed a request with the United States Patent and Trademark office Friday for reexamination of two patents asserted by East Texas-based patent firm Lodsys. Google's request calls for the USPTO to assess whether or not the patents' claims are valid."
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Google Takes a Small Step in Lodsys Patent-Troll Case

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  • by gnasher719 ( 869701 ) on Saturday August 13, 2011 @01:04PM (#37079890)
    Apple's intervention claim is actually quite strong. They say we have a license to the patent, and the license terms mean that all developers can make use of our software implementing the patent on iOS without needing a license. If that argument flies, and it has a very good chance in my opinion, they can get rid of Lodsys at very low cost. All the judge has to do is check the license terms, which judges are much better at than checking patents. It does mean, however, that Apple doesn't help Android developers at all (but then there is no reason for Apple to help Android developers).

    Google's intervention very nicely attacks at a different angle. So there may be twice the cost for Lodsys, who has plenty of work anyway with half a dozen cases against it for declaratory judgements.
  • by zippthorne ( 748122 ) on Saturday August 13, 2011 @01:26PM (#37080004) Journal

    If only google had access to some kind of electronic system for organizing and sifting through thousands of patents to pick out ones for further review by humans....

System checkpoint complete.