A friend told me recently that it is impossible to design a cellphone or practically any mobile device without infringing on some companies or individuals patent. That was just proven correct again with Mosaid suing 17 companies over Wi-Fi patents including RIM. These companies are supposedly infringing on six patents used in Wi-Fi systems such as how it finds networks and the multiplexing technology that allows for the newer 802.11n speeds.
Mosaid wants everybody to pay them for using their patents unlawfully and obviously wants to ban the sale of everything ever made with Wi-Fi in it. Something tells me this will lead to a whole new round of settlements. The odd part is that Mosaid actually makes hardware and devices unlike other patent trolls though it is focused on flash memory. Anybody for some patent reform? via Electronista