Los Angeles – Apple has filed a motion to intervene to help defend iOS application developers against patent infringement claims brought against them by Lodsys over in-app purchasing technology, CNET reports, citing FOSS Patents.
Lodsys is seeking license fees from the developers, which Apple claims are covered by the licenses that it acquired for Lodsys patents.
“Apple 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,” Apple says in its filing.
“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.”
Lodsys has also targeted Android application developers with similar patent claims.