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.
Remember Lodsys, that patent troll going after Apple and Google for in-app purchases? Well it looks like they're attacking a few more companies, including Sam's Club, Vitamin Shoppe, and Best Buy for violating their patents. Oh come on! [CNET]
Patents are supposed to encourage invention and protect inventors from being ripped off. At least, this was the reasoning when patents applied to things like steam engines and drillbits. But software? That might be a whole other question.
Apple legal issued a response to Lodsys, the firm trying to shake down iOS developers by forcing them to pay to license patents for in-app purchases. Apple's 900 word missive can basically be summarized in two words: Get lost.