Wireless Speaker Patent Holder Sues Slingbox Over Place Shifting
from the not-quite-what-the-patent-system-intended dept
One of the problems with the big patent awards that have been given out lately is that patent holders will look for just about anything that might possibly maybe-if-you-squinted be considered to infringe on a patent they hold. Witness the latest case (of course, filed in the Easter Texas court that patent holders flock to), where the guy who holds a patent on wireless speakers is suing place shifting device maker, Sling Media. Sling Media's Slingbox is a very useful little device that hooks up to your TV and lets you access the content on your TV (or DVR) via any internet connection. If that seems a lot more advanced than wireless speakers, you'd be correct. It certainly sounds like the guy is claiming that his patent on wireless speakers basically applies to place shifting any content -- which is a huge stretch. Of course, with the way some courts have been handing out huge prizes to patent holders, no wonder he thinks it's worth a shot.