Lodsys, a patent troll famous for harassing both small developers and large corporations alike, is free to continue to settle all of its cases outside of court, as an East Texas judge ruled against Apple’s filing. Apple argued that, since the apps in question were in the App Store, they should be able to defend individual developers.
Ars Technica reports:
Now, after two years of litigation, it’s back to square one. The East Texas judge overseeing Lodsys’ systematic patent attack on app developers has refused to even consider Apple’s motion. Instead, he allowed the patent-holding company to settle all its cases—and then dismissed Apple’s motion as moot. By doing so, US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap—who has inherited the patent-happy East Texas court that once belonged to patent-troll favorite T. John Ward—has enabled Lodsys to threaten developers for months, and perhaps even years, to come.
Both Apple and Android developers are targeted in these lawsuits, which typically include a settlement that is far less expensive than actually fighting the legal battle. In this way, Lodsys essentially extorts money out of developers and corporations by using patents that the group purchased from their original inventors.