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.
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