Monday, March 19, 2007

XM, Sirius Sued by Keystone Autonics Over Patent Infringement

It was reported by Scott Moritz with the Street.com that both XM and Sirius are being sued by a company called Keystone Autonics over a patent granted last January to George Hindman and subsequently assigned to Keystone Autonics. The patent is a modification of another patent held by Keystone Aerospace.

The abstract for latest one is given as:

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

Abstract

The present invention provides an apparatus and method for a robust and configurable mobile computer architecture with navigation computational capabilities. The present invention further provides a bus network which allows for an efficient and durable Input/Output (I/O) management system. The I/O management system has configurable connections to allow for modular addition, expansion, or replacement of navigation, crash detection, and communication line replacement units (LRUs). Additional I/O device connections allow several modes of input into the computational system. The present invention is a single, self-contained unit and provides an accessible user interface to the computer system.


The abstract for the earlier patent is given as:

Apparatus and method for a mobile computer architecture and input/output management system

Abstract

The present invention provides a system, apparatus, and method for a robust and configurable computer architecture which combines standard Amplitude Modulation (AM)/Frequency Modulation (FM) radio and Compact Disk Read Only Memory (CDROM) features with mobile computational capabilities. The present invention further provides a unique bus network which allows for an efficient and durable Input/Output (I/O) management system. The I/O management system has configurable data bus and discrete line connections to allow for modular addition, expansion, or replacement of navigation, crash detection, and communication line replacement units (LRUs). Additional I/O device connections allow several modes of input into the computational system. The present invention is a single, self-contained enclosure which easily installs into most existing vehicles with minimum time and effort. Furthermore the present invention provides an accessible user interface for the computer system and possesses several theft protection features.

At first glance, we see little in common with satellite radio. In the former there is the aspect of a unique hardware ID to limit access to data. We don't yet see any relevance to satellite radio for the latter. We haven't read the patents in detail, but there seems to be little there to hang their hat on.


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