Apple has filed a motion to intervene in the ongoing patent dispute of Texas-based Lodsys with iOS app developers over a patent it owns which covers in-app purchasing.
In the motion, Apple said that it “has an interest in property that is at the center of this dispute, namely, its license to the patents in suit and its business with the developers, which depends on their use of products and services that Apple is expressly licensed under the patents in suit to offer them,” according to CNet.
“Both Lodsys’s complaint and its threats to other Apple developers adversely affect the value of Apple’s license and its business with the developers,” Apple said.
Previously, Lodsys has threatened iOS app developers whose applications used the in-app purchasing feature to license its technology or face them in court.
Apple has defended app developers, after various groups including the Electronic Frontiers Foundation has called on them to step up, saying that because it already has licenses covering Lodsys technologies, its app developers are covered.
Lodsys has denied the Apple claim saying that “Apple is not ‘undisputedly licensed’ with rights that extend to 3rd party Developers” and that “developers relying on Apple’s letter do so to their own detriment and are strongly urged to review Apple’s own developer agreements to determine the true extent of Apple’s responsibilities to them.”