Ouch! The Cupertino Cognoscenti are definitely not going to like that.
A Texas judge has decided Apple will be allowed into the trenches to fight patent-holding firm Lodsys, on behalf of iOS developers, almost a year after Cupertino made the request. The news comes from courtroom-lurker Florian Mueller, who points out that the public filing clearly states Apple can get involved in the case which …
Either that bridge was not sufficiently burned for El Reg's liking, or in shock at the spate of recent unexpected replies from Apple PR, they've regressed to a schoolboy response of calling names and pulling hair.
I'm sure there's been discussion about this insult at Vulture Central but the Ayes have it as they seem to be running with it.
What can I say other than to quote the KJ-Bible in this context? "There is more joy in heaven at one sinner that repenteth than in nine and ninety just men." Though of course how long their repentance will last if El Reg continues to take the piss is anybody's guess! -:P
Lodsys isn't just hitting those developing for the iOS platform, but it is worth noting that Apple's licence on the patent goes back to when it was owned by Intellectual Ventures – a patent farm in which Apple, and Google, have considerable investment.
I had to make a double-take, 'cuz I read the old firm name as Intellectual Vultures. Something about a shoe fitting, I guess...
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