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Blackberry Playbook – Flash in the pan ?

Flash, ahhhhh … Ok I get it, the new RIM Playbook does flash but does it settle Dolby infringements too ? err apparently not. So whilst RIM is making the most of rubbing the Playbook in the face of Apple (and their consumers) in it’s recent advertising push, it would also appear to also be one in the eye for Dolby who as a last resort filed a patent lawsuit over the use of Dolby’s efficient digital audio compression technologies.

“Litigation was regrettably our last resort after RIM declined to pay for the use of Dolby’s technology,” said the executive vice president and general counsel of Dolby. “We have a duty to protect our intellectual property.”

So RIM I guess fill your boots while you can and make the most of the sand-kicking exercise that you are so intent on doing, but I think it’s inevitable that the kicker will eventually get kicked !.

Lodsys trolls on …

Lodsys (you know the patent troll who recently went after small IOS developers) sues 10 more companies which include (but not limited to) Adidas, Black & Decker, Sam’s Club and more. Read more on this over at FOSS Patents.

Lodsys dispute Apple response !

So for those who have been following the recent Apple / Lodsys patent debacle, Lodsys have today responded with ‘Apple is not “undisputedly licensed” with rights that extend to 3rd party Developers’ therefore refuting Apple’s recent public response – see here.

The update on the Lodsys blog goes on to say ‘Developers relying on Apple’s letter do so to their own detriment and are strongly urged to review Apple’s own developer agreements to determine the true extent of Apple’s responsibilities to them.’ So where does this leave the developers ? Well currently it would seem Lodsys means business and is standing its ground (shock horror) !

With WWDC 2011 just round the corner will Steve Jobs go as far as to make a public statement to the developers/press ? Or is IOS 5 going to resolve this issue (for future apps) by offering developers an alternative to the Lodsys patent ? We will just have to wait and see…..

You can read the Lodsys LLC blog post here.