When Lodsys started targeting iOS developers, it probably wasn't looking for the kinds of fights it's been running into. A few days after Apple came to the aid of its devs, word comes that the New York Times and OpinionLabs are counter-troll-suing as well.

The NY Times had been targeted by Lodsys over its click-through ad system, and OpinionLabs over its surveys. Both companies are seeking declaratory judgements to invalidate four Lodsys patents, including the one that's been used to target small developers. However, even though the patents may be found invalid, other developers who have been sued by Lodsys would still be liable for licensing fees and other fees if the courts rule against them in their cases. [Engadget]