Wired reports that Google has filed an application with the Patent U. S. and Trademark Office seeking a review of four Lodsys two patents, which developers use both Google and Development Apple mobile platform. A few months after rival Apple has taken the weight of fending off a patent owner Lodsys mobile developers, Google also launched a public effort against nonpracticing person perspective.
“We’ve asked the U.S. Patent Office to re-examine two Lodsys patents that we believe should never have been issued,” Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president and general counsel, said in a statement to Wired. “Developers play a critical part in the Android ecosystem and Google will continue to support them.”
Google joins effort to invalidate some patents Lodsys, East Texas-based company began sending letters patent for mobile application developers looking for licensing fees apps in May for allegedly infringing its intellectual property through in-app purchasing. While Google, Apple and Microsoft licensees in the company’s technology, Lodsys argued that the licensing deals they do not cover third-party applications.
See Results from the trial in June targeting all four patents. This was followed a week later, three different tests the validity of the patents, Article One Partners, a company that crowdsources intellectual property research. The coalition also began building earlier this month, in order to pool resources and absorb the technology lawyer, give money to restore legal protection from patent-related matters, and the draft intellectual property legislation to protect the developers.
In addition to these efforts, Apple – which has targeted both developers and non-licensing of patents noticeable than deal with – began to intervene after Lodsys sued a group of application developers. A note at the time, marking Apple’s first public response to the question, the company said that “arguably is licensed (patents), and the Apple App Makers protect that license.” Lodsys quickly shot back to the blog, saying, “Apple’s claim of infallibility is not discernible on the basis in law or fact.”
Software patents have become a huge group of ammunition as Lodsys, MacroSolve, and others, especially during the current year due in large part to the growing popularity of mobile applications. The end result of this is particularly important for developers and companies like Apple, Google and others who have built a platform for developers, and sold.