Lodsys is aiming to clarify its recent warnings to third-party iOS developers via the company's official blog. As you may have heard, last week a little known company named Lodsys began threatening legal action against a slate of iOS developers regarding the issue of in-app purchasing. Despite the confusing circumstances surround why Lodsys would threaten iOS devs, the company maintains that its determined to avoid being denied any and all royalties that are rightfully due to them.
Ultimately, it appears that this matter boils down to a simple patent claim. "Lodsys' patent portfolio is being used as part of an overall solution and we are seeking to be paid for the use of patent rights by the accountable party," the company says. In a somewhat unorthodox analogy, the folks at Lodsys provided the following comparison for illustration of their point.
It is the owner of the hotel who is responsible for the overall service (value proposition) that guests pay for, not the owner of the land that the hotel may be leasing, not the travel agent that sold the reservation, not the manufacturer of tools such as hammers, nor the provider of materials such as nails or steel beams, which may be used in building the hotel; nor is it the outsourced linen washing service or the architect of the building who is responsible.
Just days ago, developers began reporting their receipt of threatening letters from Lodsys - correspondences that alleged
patent infringement on the part of developers receiving the letter. Devs were given three weeks to license the technology through proper channels. If they fail to comply, Lodsys says legal action will be pursued.