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Lodsys faces patent lawsuit

The company that issued letters alleging patent infringement to Apple and Android now faces litigation itself.

In a case that brings to mind the old saying, “what goes around comes around,” Lodsys faces a pre-emptive lawsuit challenging its patents.

Lodsys has famously been on the other side of such accusations, having received much attention for letters it sent to Apple iOS and Android developers alleging patent infringement on the part of their mobile applications.

On the other side of Lodsys’ current litigation is ESET, a San Diego-based antivirus software maker that is seeking a declaration that its products do not infringe on the four patents Lodsys has cited in other complaints. ESET also is asking the court to invalidate those patents.

In letters to ESET, Lodsys claimed that ESET’s NOPD32 Antivirus 4 software violated four of Lodsys’ patents and offered to license the patents to ESET.

CNET reports more details about the lawsuit against Lodsys.

Kayleigh Roberts

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