Copyrights and patents registration have been set to protect the creativity of authors, to ensure they earn the revenues of their creations to develop some more. Logical and balanced until the process is not hijacked.
According to thestate.com, Laminar Research – that has published X-Plane since 1994, currently in sale for PC, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPod, iPhone, Android – is sued by Uniloc for patent infringement of the technology “using Android-based phone and tablet apps that require communication with a server to perform a license check“. Uniloc webpage mentions “Uniloc is in the business of finding big ideas. [...] Look at many ideas. Pick an outstanding one. Patent it. Commercialize it. Reap the rewards.” Eight other companies like Electronic Arts are also being sued by Uniloc for the same reason.
thestate.com adds that “The patent in dispute did not originate with Uniloc but was owned by another software company. Uniloc acquired it in 2012, “and promptly thereafter initiated the instant lawsuit,” the defense attorneys wrote.” Smart business model when you don’t create anything, just buy patents to sue for infringement !
Austin Meyer, founder of Laminar Research may have to spend between 200.000$ and 1.000.000$ to fight the case.