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August 1, 2011 / David Bleeker

Indie developer organizing against Lodsys, patent trolls with ‘Operation Anthill’

An independent developer has founded a coalition, codenamed “Operation Anthill,” to help the iOS developer community fight back against legal threats from patent licensing companies like Lodsys.

Mike Lee, a former Apple employee and founder of Netherlands-based development initiative Apperstdam, on Monday announced plans for the coalition, which he called “an 11th hour rally,” Ars Technica reports.

“Operation Anthill” has hired technology attorney Michael McCoy to put together the Appsterdam Legal Defense Team, as well as a related fund. McCoy will put into motion the coalition’s efforts to protect independent software developers with a “three-pronged attack:” legal action, lobbying for legislative reform and mobilizing a “massive media marketing campaign” to raise public awareness.

Lee has pulled together a staff or roughly 60 people to help with the effort. [read more]

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