Lodsys Sues 37 Games Companies Including 'Rovio, EA, Square Enix' and Others Over 'In-app Billing' Patent Infringement

Lodsys originally filed a lawsuit against seven small iOS developers back on May 31 that center around Lodsys' patents, but now the Patent licensing company has fired a shot at some of the biggest game makers in the world with an amended patent lawsuit against Angry Birds maker Rovio and gaming titans like Electronic Arts […]

Lodsys originally filed a lawsuit against seven small iOS developers back on May 31 that center around Lodsys' patents, but now the Patent licensing company has fired a shot at some of the biggest game makers in the world with an amended patent lawsuit against Angry Birds maker Rovio and gaming titans like Electronic Arts (EA), Arari, Square Enix and Take-Two Interactive.

Lodsys claims in an amended lawsuit this week that these companies "have infringed on a patent that covers in-app billing technology." The company is looking to get a piece of the revenues from these game publishers which could be considerable if Lodsys is successful. So far, the parties involved have not commented on this newest legal development.

The lawsuit says Rovio and the other companies have infringed on a patent that covers in-app billing technology. Lodsys wants to be paid 0.575 percent of all U.S. revenue generated using this process.

The suit cites specific game titles from each game maker, including Rovio's Angry Birds, EA's The Sims 3 for iPhone, Atari's Greatest Hits for iPhone and iPad, Square Enix's Big Hit Baseball for iPhone and iPad, and Take-Two's 2K Sports NHL 2K11 for iPhone.

Lodsys has filed complaints against a total of 37 companies across the tech spectrum. Apple has argued that its patent licenses purchased from Lodsys extend down to the iOS app developers being sued. It's questionable whether Apple has a strong case, but that will be determined in court.

Lodsys declined to comment about the lawsuit.

[Via: Venture Beat]