Apple Defends Patent Infringement Allegations from Lodsys
Apple is in the news for patent infringement allegations by Lodsys LLC. Apple's iOS application developer are under scanner by Lodsys LLC under patent infringement. Apple says it has already licensed the patent rights from Lodsys LLC and hence its application developers can use the technology.
On May 13, Lodsys LLC sent a complaint letter to all the application developers to pay appropriate fees to the company as in-app payments. On May 23, Apple sent a letter to Lodsys LLC explaining all the misapprehensions regarding the company's license and how the patent application works.
Lodsys LLC has patent rights for four patents which according to them can't be used by application developers without paying the fees. At the same time Apple already has the license for the technology used by the application makers.
According to Apple as the use of patent rights is associated with the Apple's API and resources, So it has the right to decide who can use those technologies and how they can be used.
Following are the services covered under Lodsys LLC Patents:
- Displaying interactive advertisements online
- Helping customers to customize there products and services
- Gathering information on how users actually use their products and services
- Providing, online support, customer support and services.