More details on the recent Patent lawsuit
Tags: 2, XM
Yesterday it was discovered that Keystone Autonics was suing both XM and Sirius, but a quick search didn't help in locate the actual patent number. But thanks to a comment on Engadget, patent # 7,165,123 looks to be a winner.
The unfortunate thing is that this patent seems to apply to pretty much anything involving a mobile computer with a unique ID (so yeah, the GPS boys will probably be next on the lawsuit list). In fact, that's the title of this lovely patent: "Apparatus and method for I/O management in a mobile environment wherein access to data from a wireless signal is restricted based on a persistent unique hardware identification."
It seems ridiculous that this patent would be granted considering the amount of prior art already on the market, but hey I'm no lawyer, so who am I to critique the workings of the US patent system.