Lodsys blinks

Lodsys decided over the weekend to dismiss its case against Kaspersky with prejudice. Instead of facing a jury, Lodsys will slink away instead. It was an unconditional surrender.


  • I doubt this means much in the bigger picture unless other developers are willing to pay lawyers for a couple years.

    • James Hughes

      Not sure why someone voted you down on that comment. Unfortunately that is the legal reality here and in many countries.

      • Presumably, because they don’t want to hear it. It’s okay. I didn’t really want to say it either. 🙂

    • John Shum

      I agree. The only winners are the lawyers.

      • Moeskido

        Not if Lodsys wins bigger cases.

      • Only if you include Lodsys in with the lawyers. They’ll win enough cases.

  • Jack

    I hope this is the beginning of a trend.

  • CJ

    It’s actually a bad thing because it just postpones any legal reckoning for Lodsys. I suspect (the article doesn’t say otherwise) that Kaspersky still had to foot the bill for their legal defense and Lodsys gets to keep harassing others. It’s appalling that Lodsys can get away with this strategy of harassment. They can continue to extort their victims, threatening to force them to spend significantly on a legal defense or pay up to Lodsys, with no risk that Lodsys will ever have to face a legal reckoning in court. A pretty hollow and costly victory for Kaspersky. Didn’t cost Lodsys a dime. And the Lodsys lawyer makes out just fine from those who don’t have the resources to keep up the fight.