In May of 2011, Lodsys warned and sued iOS software makers over in-app purchases when they did not license from Lodsys technologies. After taking a break, they are back and this time kicking off another round of lawsuits according to MacRumors.
On the list this time is The Walt Disney Company for the popular "Where’s My Water?" puzzle game (among other Disney apps as well) and Lodsys claims that it infringes upon many claims:
Prior to filing this complaint, Lodsys informed Disney of the patents-in-suit and offered to enter into a licensing arrangement that would allow Disney to continue practicing the inventions claimed in patents-in-suit. Disney, however, chose not to enter into a licensing agreement. Instead, with knowledge of the patents-in-suit and disregard for Lodsys’ patent rights, Disney chose to continue its infringement.
Along with Disney, nine other app developers are also being sued; amongst them are TMSoft, Gameloft, and BackFlip Studios. Lodsys is also going after retailers consisting of Nordstrom, Burberry, Godiva as well as HP, Crocs, SanDisk and General Motors.
In October of last year, Lodsys reported that more than 150 companies had achieved rights to use their patent portfolio but the number has increased, now putting it at over 200 companies. While Apple was granted the motion to intervene in Lodsys’ broader litigation, it is unknown if they will intervene in all of the individual lawsuits due to Apple’s “patent exhaustion.”
Source: Scribd via MacRumors