Patent Problems Hit RFIDs
from the uh-oh... dept
We were just talking about how both WiFi and WiMax may be facing patent problems from companies who claim they own patents over the technology and are waving them around along with licensing terms and legal treats. Now, Wal-Mart’s favorite new technology may face similar patent questions. Intermec Technologies has already sued one RFID technology supplier and are hoping that if those claims succeed, they’ll be able to hit up just about everyone else in the chain for fees as well. Considering that part of the appeal of RFIDs is their cheap price, this certainly could put a damper on the proceedings, unless Wal-Mart uses some of their spare billions to buy out the patents completely. Once again, though, this looks to be a case where patents are slowing down innovation, rather than speeding it up. Where’s the benefit again?