Apple dealt setback in fight against patent troll Lodsys

Back in 2011, Apple stepped up to protect iOS developers victimized by patent troll Lodsys, which asked for royalties from those utilizing in-app purchasing technology. Ars Technica reports that after two years of debate, the judge presiding over the case dismissed Apple’s case to protect developers. Apple’s argument was that it already paid to license Lodsys patents under their previous owner, Intellectual Ventures, and that arrangement should cover developers who used Apple APIs to implement in-app purchases.

Apple’s claims in the case were dismissed because the group of iOS developers in question had already settled with Lodsys. The patent troll hadn’t asked for an enormous amount of money to begin with, making the decision to settle…

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