Apple not only said that iPhone app developers were not liable, they
also pointed out that:
1. ALL the relevant technology in the in-app payment stack is written
and owned by Apple; the LodSys screen shots used to "prove" infringement
are of the AppStore, for example.
2. The patents DON'T EVEN APPLY to in-app payment technology.
Given both of the above, LodSys appears to be the worst kind of patent
troll: They're attempting to double-dip, AND they're attempting to apply
a patent to technology that doesn't even use the "invention." It's no
wonder they're receiving hate mail about it.
That supposed invention, by the way, seems to cover the use of a survey
in the application to gather input from the user as to how the
application can be improved. It's very long and convoluted, but it
doesn't talk about payments, for instance, at all. So it's a terrible
stretch, IMO, to think that it can apply to in-app purchases. But juries
can be composed of idiots, so you never know.
IANAL; if you really care, ask a lawyer.
On 5/25/2011 11:33 AM, George | SlideME wrote: