IPhone App Developers Face Suit Over Apple IP License

Law360, New York (June 1, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT) -- Seven developers of Apple Inc. iPhone applications were sued Tuesday by a Texas company that has licensed its patents to the computer giant, claiming the agreement did not give third-party developers free rein to use the patented technology.

Marshall, Texas-based Lodsys LLC accused the companies of developing iPhone apps that infringe on patents for ways to connect companies to the customers who use their products.

The complaint was filed after Apple told Lodsys in a May 22 letter to lay off the third-party developers, which Apple...
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