Google Protects Developers, Requests USPTO to Reexamine Lodsys Patents

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Google Protects Developers, Requests USPTO to Reexamine Lodsys Patents

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Google has ramped up efforts to assist Android app developers in court, requesting the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Friday to review patents from complainant, patent firm Lodsys.

The search giant has filed a request for the USPTO to check the validity of patents 7,222,078 and 7,620,565.

Google SVP and General Counsel Kent Walker said that the company would provide the necessary backing to developers for their integral contribution in the Android community.

If Google’s effort is victorious, Android developers will be free from impending litigation and licensing fees for using Lodsys’ claimed tech patents.

Lodsys is currently suing 11 development studios and game companies, including Atari, Electronic Arts, and Square Enix.

Apple and Google have licenses to use Lodsys’ patents, but the latter started to go after third-party developers in May, and coders are now dubious about building apps for the iOS and Android operating systems, not when an pending lawsuit is tying them down.

Unlike Google, Apple acted upon the issue after Lodsys filed suit on the in-app billing technology used for developing several mobile apps, which also should have extended to developers who use Apple’s technologies.

For Google, even if the USPTO grants reexamination, the court has no guarantees whatsoever to grant a stay of proceedings, which is different from Apple’s legal route.


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