Angry Birds, normally used to going up against the pigs, now find themselves in a battle with patent troll Lodsys.
I've covered Lodsys a few times already, so if you want to get up to speed, hit the links. Bottom line: Lodsys is going after iOS and Android developers with the intention of getting them to buy licenses for Lodsys patents.
Lodsys has now modified its complaint to remove one developer and added five new game companies to the to the list of those being sued.
Florian Mueller over on FOSS Patents has the details:
- Rovio is accused of infringing at least one of Lodsys's patents with Angry Birds for iOS and Angry Birds for Android -- here's the related paragraph (click to enlarge):
- Electronic Arts: The Sims 3 for iPhone
- Atari: Atari's Greatest Hits for iPhone and Atari's Greatest Hits for iPad
- Square Enix: Big Hit Baseball for iPhone and Big Hit Baseball for iPad
- Take-Two Interactive: 2K Sports NHL 2K11 for iPhone
This is a big change in tactic for Lodsys because it is now going after app developers who have deep pockets. This fight is no longer confined to indy developers. This could get interesting.