Angry Birds, other iPhone games shotgunned by Lodsys
Furious feathered Finnish Android version also cited
Rovio, makers of crack-like mobile game Angry Birds, is facing a patent claim from Lodsys – the patent-holder suing* Apple – and its third-party developers for alleged infringements.
The Finnish firm is not replying to our emails, but told the BBC it had yet to hear from Lodsys.
Part of the Lodsys' claims against Apple and Google include the assertion that certain patents were licensed to the two companies, but not to anyone developing products for their hardware.
Four other big gaming firms are named in the amended complaint – Electronic Arts, Atari, Square Enix and Take-Two Interactive. All are accused of patent breaches relating to games on either the iPad or iPhone. Only Rovio is also accused of infringing patents in its Android game.
Apple has denied the claims and is seeking to intervene directly in the case.
Rovio claims Angry Birds has now been downloaded 300 million times.
* As reader Jonathan Nospam points out Lodsys is not directly suing Apple. But Apple has stepped up to help defend its developers.
Any company which makes no products but deliberately sits on patents until an "infringer" has been successful, then tries to shake them down for licencing fees, should have their patents invalidated and offices razed to the ground, as a warning to others.
What, too harsh? I think not. These greedy fucking morons are toxic parasites. End of.
More patent trolls
Just what we need! And just what the app devs really like doing. Fighting off shitty, pointless patent claims. Fucking stupid.
If you've not made the product....
You shouldn't get the patent, be it a car or a piece of software, patenting a concept should be outlawed thus increasing the incentive for businesss to invest in development so someone else doesn't beat them to market.
It's called competition