Some of our readers will remember the company called Lodsys, who is suing a wide range of developers for ‘in app purchases’ on both Apple’s iOS platform and Google’s Android platform, as the company holds a number of patents relating to in app purchases.
Apple already has an agreement in place with Lodsys to use the patents, but the reason Lodsys is suing the individual developers is that the company claims this agreement doesn’t cover them.
Apple announced a while back that it would like to intervene in the various court cases between Lodsys and individual iOS developers, and now it would appear that Apple has filed its own patent application for ‘in app purchases’.
If Apple are granted a patent for in app purchases, it should put an end to all the legal cases between Lodsys and iOS developers, but what about Android, will Apple go after Google in the same way Lodsys has?
Source Toms Guide