Enterprise IT threatened by idiot patent troll Lodsys

Steve Jobs (Norbert von der Groeben / Reuters)

Lodsys, a patent holding company -- or patent troll -- has been threatening iOS app developers with lawsuits over in-app purchasing functionality. It's not just an issue for Apple's (AAPL) ecosystem of iOS app developers, it has serious implications for enterprise IT people, as I'll explain, in The Long View...

Why should enterprise IT people care?

Well, at the risk of crassly misusing Pastor Martin Niemöller's famous anti-Nazi textFirst they came for Apple, then they came for the app developers, then they came for me.

In other words, the natural next step for a software patent troll is to work down the value chain -- ultimately going after the users. One of the most notorious examples is when The SCO Group -- little more than a shell for a patent troll -- sued AutoZone and DaimlerChrysler. It's no stretch to conclude that Lodsys has a little list, and you're next on it

So read on for my analysis of the Lodsys playbook...

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