This is not good.
Apparently no one looked at the extent of what Lodsys claims its patents cover. This is a lot!
The inventions described by these patents are used by companies to interact with users of their products and services to, among other things:
provide online help, customer support, and tutorials conduct online subscription renewals provide for online purchasing of consumable supplies survey users for their impressions of their products and services assist customers to customize their products and services display interactive online advertisements collect information on how users actually use their products and services sell upgrades or complimentary products maintain products by providing users notice of available updates and assisting in the installation of those updates.
I wonder how many other companies have had to pay up? I wonder how long that list is — and how much bigger it’s going to get. It seems to me this is a landmine everyone can step on.