Thursday, June 2, 2011

More on the in-app "Buy now" patent

You may recall Lodsys going after Apple for use of their "software" patent that covers in-app purchases? It seems Lodsys is now targeting Google's Android platform, over the same issue. From the article:
"We recently implemented in-app purchases for our Android application and several weeks later we received a letter from Lodsys, claiming that we infringed on their patents," wrote the developer of Tank Hero, a game on the Android Market. "We are obviously a small shop and are not financially capable of defending ourselves over a litigation."
Google added an in-app billing option to Android Market apps at the tail end of March. It was pitched as a way for developers to sell virtual items, including levels or additional features. By comparison, Apple launched its in-app purchase solution in 2009. Those dates are particularly important based on the fact that Lodsys has mentioned in its letters that it can seek past revenues from in-app purchases made within infringing apps as part of a licensing deal.

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