X-Plane creator fights patent troll

Austin Meyer, creator of the popular and ultra-realistic flight sim X-Plane is facing a potentially destructive lawsuit by an East Texas patent troll, Uniloc. Meyer, who has worked on the simulator since 1995, isn’t dealing with a claim against his simulator or the game mechanics within. Instead, he’s being sued for using a simple copy-protection system found in almost all Android programs.

X-Plane has been around for Mac and Windows for years, and Mayer wasted little time adapting the detailed flight sim for iPhone, later bringing it to Android. He’s petitioned the White House for tort reform associated with patent lawsuits (he’s a long way off from getting the signatures needed, though) and he’s also looking for donations to help cover his own court costs.