After several ongoing legal threats to iOS developers by the patent holding firm Lodsys, a judge tossed Apple’s original legal challenge of the patent firm, ruling that Lodsys is free to settle all of its cases, according to the folks over at Ars Technica. The following was mentioned regarding the matter:
Now, after two years of litigation, it's back to square one. The East Texas judge overseeing Lodsys' systematic patent attack on app developers has refused to even consider Apple's motion. Instead, he allowed the patent-holding company to settle all its cases—and then dismissed Apple's motion as moot. By doing so, US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap—who has inherited the patent-happy East Texas court that once belonged to patent-troll favorite T. John Ward—has enabled Lodsys to threaten developers for months, and perhaps even years, to come.
This past April, Lodsys targeted Disney’s “Where’s My Water?” title among others in a new round of lawsuits over in-app purchasing, stating that Disney infringed upon its ‘565 and ‘078 patents. However, Lodsys agreed last month to dismiss a patent case against the developer Todd More for a charitable donation. Overall, Apple has been the number one target for patent trolls with 171 cases in five years. US President Barack Obama has been targeting patent “trolls” such as Lodsys announcing proposed legislative changes this past June. We’ll have to see what comes of the whole ordeal.
Source: Ars Technica