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Monday, 25 July 2011 14:20

Angry Birds hit by Troll

Written by Nick Farell

Lodsys could bring the App movement to its knees
Thanks to a truly daft move in the US to allow patent trolls to control software ideas, one of the biggest success stories in the app market could be bought to its knees.

Angry Birds Rovio has been sued by Lodsys which claims it has the patents’ which cover the methods Angry Birds uses to allow players to purchase new levels inside its mobile apps. Fudzilla understands that the threat by Lodsys to sue people who use its technology has prevented several European games developers launching their apps in the US.

The US patent system is different from the EU in that it allows software ideas to be patented. The move has lead to a new growth industry of “patent trolls” which simply demand payments after assessing intellectual property rights. Sadly the EU is considering following the idea because US patent trolls are leaning on it to “protect their ideas”.

The problem is that software patents are extremely wide and it does not matter if an idea is implemented in a different way you can still be nailed.

Nick Farell

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+2 #1 Alterecho 2011-07-25 16:28
Is there a patent which covers the way we breathe?
If there is, i don't have enough money to pay so might as well puncture a hole into my lungs surgically.
+1 #2 JEskandari 2011-07-25 16:52
I wonder Who owns the patent storing data in files ?
-5 #3 Warrior24_7 2011-07-25 17:12
Its called "intellecual" property for a reason! A US company spends the money, does all of the R&D, developes the product, only to have some European or Asian company "steal" the idea and make money off of it! Yet these same europeans complain about China doing the same thing to them. Sue the $h!t out of these morons.
+1 #4 Jaberwocky 2011-07-25 18:50
I thought Trolls were already patented.They certainly appeared in various Fairy Stories. :D
+1 #5 lmbardii 2011-07-25 19:30
I think I have a good idea to reduce patent trolls (maybe I should patent it ;)- Offer "Interim" patents for IP works that have no actual associated product. They would offer 1 year protection after filing, and would expire to the public domain at that time if no product or program using the idea could be produced. This would still encourage innovators to patent their work, but it would discourage farmers from ever filing.
0 #6 STRESS 2011-07-26 12:34
Normally I am strictly against patents but if this succeeds in getting this mediocre tank ripoff game off the market I really wouldn't mind.

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