A number of indie developers churning out apps for iOS have been targeted by an as-yet-unnamed patent troll, which claims to hold the rights for in-app purchasing.
James Thomson, the developer behind pCalc and DragThing, was one of the first to share the news, with a tweet saying: “Just got hit by very worrying threat of patent infringement lawsuit for using in-app purchase in PCalc Lite. Legal docs arrived via fedex.”
Later, Thomson wrote: “Some initial expert analysis of the patent situation does not sound particularly positive.”
James isn’t alone. The affected developers have been communicating via email and Twitter, and hope Apple will step in to resolve the issue. However, James recently tweeted: “Now not expecting to hear from Apple legal in the short term.”
Cult of Mac also reports that a second troll has surfaced, this time claiming to hold the rights to in-app upgrade links.
It appears that the bastardly trolls are hoping to bully the indie developers, who generally don’t have enough money for a full-on legal battle, into settling out of court.