Wolfram Alpha on Tuesday became the latest company to ask a court to protect it from a lawsuit from Lodsys, the company that has been suing mobile application developers.
Lodsys, which owns technology patents related to in-app purchases, asked Wolfram in a letter to license the technology for use in its iPad app, according to Florian Mueller, a patent expert following the case.
Some developers may be hoping to buy time until Apple can help them. On Monday, Apple filed additional arguments supporting an earlier request to intervene in a suit Lodsys brought against seven app developers in Texas. Apple licenses the technologies from Lodsys, and argues that its licenses also protect other app developers. Apple hopes to defend the developers in court, but Lodsys has argued that it shouldn’t be allowed to.
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