Lodsys, LLC was an American patent holding company located in Marshall, Texas that brought patent infringement lawsuits against a variety of companies in the US.[2] Numerous app development enterprises accused them of "patent trolling".[3][4]

Lodsys, LLC
IndustryPatent monetization
DefunctPresumably 2015
FatePresumably shut down
Marshall, TX
Key people
Mark Small, CEO[1]


Lodsys owned four patents. None of the patents were developed by Lodsys, but each listed Daniel H. Abelow as the inventor. The patents were related to interacting with customers over the internet in relationship to products and services. Lodsys claimed this included online help, customer support, tutorials, on-line upgrades, surveys, etc.[5] The former patents are:

  • 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"

All four patents expired between 2012 and 2013.[6][7][8][9]


In February, 2011, Lodsys sued several companies, including Canon, Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Novell and Motorola claiming that the companies had violated exclusive rights covered by one or more Lodsys patents.[10] Patents referenced in the suit were the "565" patent, the "078" patent, and the "908" patent.

On May 31, 2011, Lodsys asserted two of its four patents, the "565" patent and the "078" patent against:[11]

On June 7, 2011 Foresee Results filed for declaratory judgment against Lodsys in northern Illinois, related to Lodsys claims against Adidas, Best Buy and WE Energies.[12] The claim by Foresee alleged that several Lodsys patents are invalid.[13][14] [15] Foresee Results published a press release on November 23, 2011 stating that they had reached a settlement with Lodsys that resolved all outstanding litigation claims.[16]

On May 13, 2011, it was reported that they had demanded that a number of iOS application developers obtain licenses from them.[3] Apple responded to Lodsys stating that Apple's licenses protect its app developers.[17][18]

Starting in June 2011, a number of adult businesses received patent infringement notices from Lodsys over the "078" patent, citing the businesses' use of interactive online advertisements, subscription models, and data collection violating Lodsys' patents.[19]

On January 5, 2012 Bold Software, a live support software provider, settled with Lodsys to resolve infringement claims between Lodsys and Bold Software's past, present and future customers for the use of Bold Software products.[20]

On June 4, 2012, Oracle sued Lodsys in an attempt to appease some of its customers that Lodsys had prosecuted.[21]

On January 29, 2013 Lodsys sued General Motors, Oriental Trading Company, Crocs, Somerset Investments and Saks over the "565" and "078" patents.

On February 28, 2013 Lodsys sued Steris, PromoManagers, Loews Hotels, Optics Planet, SuperValu, Volkswagen of America, Retail Concepts, 4imprint, and BullionVault, citing the businesses use of interactive chat software and the "565" and "078" patents.[22]

On September 30, 2013 Lodsys dropped its patent lawsuit against Kaspersky Lab after their refusal to settle. This was the result of Lodsys suing Kaspersky Lab and 54 other companies in May 2012. Out of the 55 companies only Kaspersky Lab managed to have the lawsuit "dismissed with prejudice" while others settled the case with Lodsys to avoid a costly trial.[23][24]

Sometime between 2014 and 2015, Lodsys' website domain expired and was shut down, it can be assumed that Lodsys, LLC shut down as well.[25]

Lodsys stated that it was not a corporate subsidiary of patent holding company Intellectual Ventures, contrary to speculation from media sources.[26][27]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Lodsys Hunts For Bigger Game, But Gets Slapped With A Lawsuit In Chicago — paidContent
  2. ^ "List of Patent Cases Brought By Lodsys". Docket Alarm, Inc. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b Arthur, Charles (May 13, 2011). "Apple iPhone app developers hit by patent claims". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
  4. ^ Cosoy, Natalio (2011-08-26). "Patent war hits small app developers". BBC News. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
  5. ^ "Our Patents" Archived 2011-06-18 at the Wayback Machine on Lodsys web site
  6. ^ US5999908A, Abelow, Daniel H., "Customer-based product design module", issued 1999-12-07 
  7. ^ US7133834B1, Abelow, Daniel H., "Product value information interchange server", issued 2006-11-07 
  8. ^ US7222078B2, Abelow, Daniel H., "Methods and systems for gathering information from units of a commodity across a network", issued 2007-05-22 
  9. ^ US7620565B2, Abelow, Daniel H., "Customer-based product design module", issued 2009-11-17 
  10. ^ Newman, Jared (May 13, 2011), "Trolled: iOS Developers Threatened With Patent Lawsuits", PC World, retrieved 2011-05-15
  11. ^ Florian Meuller, “Lodsys sues 7 app developers in Eastern Texas, disagrees with Apple; Android also targeted”, FOSS Patents blog, May 31, 2011
  12. ^ Case filing pdf
  13. ^ Gamet, Jeff, Lodsys Hit with Patent Invalidation Suit, The Mac Observer, retrieved 2011-06-08
  14. ^ Is McDermott Will app developers' (accidental) white knight?
  15. ^ All four Lodsys patents under invalidation attack in federal court FOSS Patents blog
  16. ^ "ForeSee Reaches Settlement with Lodsys". Archived from the original on 2011-12-28. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
  17. ^ Rosoff, Matt (May 23, 2011), "Apple To Patent Troll: Leave Our Developers Alone!", San Francisco Chronicle, retrieved 2011-05-24 Article originally from Business Insider.
  18. ^ Eric Slivka, "Lodysys Responds to Apple: Files Lawsuits Against App Developers", MacRumors blog, March 31, 2011
  19. ^ Pardon, Rhett (June 6, 2011), Lodsys Sending Out Patent Infringement Notices, XBIZ, retrieved 2011-08-04
  20. ^ "Bold Software Reaches Settlement with Lodsys". News.boldsoft.com. 2012-01-05. Archived from the original on 2016-08-18. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  21. ^ Roberts, Jeff (2012-06-04). "Oracle sues to smash patent troll Lodsys". Gigaom. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  22. ^ Mullin, Joe (2013-04-08). "Patent troll Lodsys sues mobile game makers, despite Apple's intervention". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  23. ^ "Kaspersky Lab Prevails in Legal Fight Against Technology Patent Troll". Usa.kaspersky.com. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  24. ^ "Lodsys drops patent lawsuit after Kaspersky Lab refuses to settle - CNET". News.cnet.com. 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  25. ^ "[Ding Dong] Patent Troll Lodsys Is Finally (Probably) Dead After Its Domain Has Expired". Androidpolice.com. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  26. ^ "Q: What is Dan Abelow's involvement? Is Intellectual Ventures behind Lodsys or controlling Lodsys in some way? - Lodsys, LLC". Archived from the original on January 3, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  27. ^ "When Patents Attack!". This American Life. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 2016-05-28.

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