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Barry Levine

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martes, 17 de mayo de 2011

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Patent Holder Threatens Developers of Mobile Apps

A patent holding company is threatening mobile -app developers over in-app purchase mechanisms and other functions. In a wave of communications last week, Lodsys sent letters indicating the recipient needed to license a patent or face an infringement lawsuit.

Various developers have reported receiving such letters, involving not only in-app purchasing but also online help, subscription renewals, and interactive online advertisements.

'Only Fair'

Some developers involved with in-app purchasing are reportedly asking Apple to intervene, since the mechanism for in-app purchases is Apple's. However, several observers have noted that Apple's licensing agreement with app developers states the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant has no responsibility for infringement of intellectual-property rights by developers. At the moment, it appears Lodsys is targeting developers, not Apple.

In-app purchasing was initiated with the release of Apple's iOS 3, and Apple makes money by taking a percentage of app sales. Apple has said apps available on its App Store that sell content outside the store must also offer the same content in-store. Even if Lodsys decides not to target Apple, Apple may decide to enter the in-app purchasing fray to protect its supply of apps.

In a posting Sunday on its company blog, Lodsys defended its actions. "The economic gains provided by the Lodsys inventions (increase in revenue through additional sales, or decrease in costs to service the customer) are being enjoyed by the business that provides the product or service that interacts with the user," the company said.

In response to the observation that it is not going after Apple, Lodsys said "it is only fair to get paid by the party that is accountable for the entire solution and which captures the value (rather than a technology supplier or a retailer)." It compared this to a hotel owner's value proposition, which isn't the same as the owner of the land or the travel agent who booked the guests.

'Low-Hanging Fruit'

On its web site, Lodsys said it represents inventions created by Dan Abelow, and it has licensed them to more than 200 companies. The company said Abelow sold his patents in 2004 to a company called Intellectual Ventures, from which the patents were resold again and funneled out to separate companies for exploitation, one of which is Lodsys.

Laura DiDio, an analyst with Information Technology Intelligence Corp, noted that, in regard to in-app purchasing, "a platform is only as good as the applications on it." Because of this, she said, Apple may have to get involved eventually. There are news reports that Apple is investigating the Lodsys claims.

DiDio said Lodsys is apparently "going after the low-hanging fruit first" because it doesn't want to tackle Apple and its well-heeled legal department. She expects Apple "will see how this plays out for a few weeks," and then might provide some financial or legal support to developers, possibly disguised as some other kind of arrangement.