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What patents are being used by the patent troll Lodsys LLC to go after small iOS developers who take advantage of Apple's in-app purchase functionality?

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According to Ars Technica, Lodsys has filed a lawsuit claiming that charter.com, lampsplus.com, corbisimages.com and shop.nordstrom.com infringe upon the following two patents:

  • Methods and systems for gathering information from units of a commodity across a network (US7222078)
  • Customer-based product design module (US7620565)

Recently, Lodsys has filed further lawsuits against mobile gaming companies including Gameloft and Gamevil, citing patent infringement on those same two patents.

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Lodsys has four patents:

  • U.S. Patent 5,999,908 (The "908" patent) "Customer-based product design module"
  • U.S. Patent 7,133,834 (The "834" patent) "Product Value Information Interchange Server"
  • U.S. Patent 7,222,078 (The "078" patent) "Methods and Systems for Gathering Information from Units of a Commodity Across a Network"
  • U.S. Patent 7,620,565 (The "565" patent) "Customer-based product design module"
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Never seen a more baloney title, "Customer-based product design module" !!! –  Καrτhικ Jul 24 '13 at 0:38

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