Lodsys Patent Troll Hits First BlackBerry Developer - Will RIM Step Up?


Lodsys has been making headlines over the past few months as it has been sending letters to developers across iPhone, Android and now BlackBerry, saying the developers are infringing on its patents by using in-app payments. Let’s be clear about something before we continue: Lodsys does not design, code, build or engineer a single product. Lodsys simply owns a small number of vague patents and has been sending demand letters to dozens of large and small companies. Click through to continue reading about the first BlackBerry developer hit with a demand letter from Lodsys.

Lonely Turret by Rotten Ogre

Yissachar Radcliffe is a York University student that makes a BlackBerry PlayBook game called Lonely Turret. The app doesn’t even really use in-app payments and for some strange reason, Lodsys has started its first demand letter campaign on BlackBerry with this small company. The Lonely Turret app comes in two forms, a free app and a paid app. The two apps are separate and it’s not even a traditional in-app payment system.

This is a really interesting case as Apple and Google have both stepped in to help developers. RIM is notorious for having an inflated legal department that obsesses over EULAs and long legal documents associated with every part of their business. If an inflated legal department is meant to protect the company, then this is the time for that department to prove its worth. If RIM legal can step in and protect developers for the greater good of the company, then it will have proven itself as a department with the customer and business in mind. If RIM legal decides this isn’t their battle and leaves developers to fend for themselves, it would send a clear message to developers to not build software for the platform.

Head over to The Globe and Mail to read more on the story about Lodsys and Rotten Ogre.

Thanks to Derek for the tip.

  • Maxma02

    Strange culture in RIM, and self-destroy political environment. Will something  change it?In RIM if you figure out problem and introduce efficient approach, both manager and his buddy group member will proof their wrong approach works.just like someone point out driving a car is right way, pushing a car is wrong way, then both manager and his buddy group member will hate you, and proof that 3 person can also move the car by pushing it. cheating email will be sent to some vice president, saying like: see, the car moving, pushing a car is a natural part of the process. RIM is not system oriented company, just self-destruct small company buddy culture, with a fat body. it is very strange company culture and strange company political environment, it promote stealing and cheating skill. MRI’s management may be a typical instance in MBA course.CEO may want the management better, but can’t reach the target because of the culture, like I said 3 years ago, RIM is old before really grow up.