Lodsys launches patent suits against Gameloft, Gamevil, others

Controversial patent company adds more mobile devs to consolidated suit

The controversial patent holding firm Lodsys has laucnhed another wave of lawsuits against video game companies.

According to a report on Ars Technica, Lodsys is now suing a number of new mobile game companies, including Gameloft, Gamevil, BackFlip Studios, Pocket Gems and The Walt Disney Company. The lawsuits relate to technology used for in-app purchasing.

Lodsys is well known for its litigious tendencies among game developers. In June 2011, it started legal proceedings against seven App Store developers, before moving on to Rovio, EA, Take Two, Atari and Square Enix the following month. After a public plea from the companies involved, Apple intervened on their behalf.

However, Apple's involvement has not saved those developers from an expensive and drawn out legal process. All cases are still going through the same East Texas court, and many have now been consolidated into a single suit.

And the strategy has worked to a degree: while many companies continue to fight, the consolidated court docket shows that Take Two, Atari and Square Enix have all settled out of court with Lodsys.

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Latest comments (2)

Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus5 years ago
The entire existence of Lodsys is predicated on exploiting broad patents in an area that is embarrassingly friendly to this type of thing. East Texas is so easy to win a patent suit in that I seriously question the validity of that court.

This is a blight on the entire tech industry.
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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development5 years ago
Shame the guys from Gizmondo are no more. Would be interesting to see if these cases continued when the lead lawyer woke up with his testicles in a jar next to his bed.
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