Boingo awarded patent for hotspot access | MuniWireless

I find this one surprising.  Bonigo has been awarded a patent for accessing a wireless network from any mobile device, be it a cell phone, laptop, or netbook.  Is this the type of “idea” that should be patented? Isn’t the whole idea of wireless networking to provide portability of the devices that intend to connect to the network.  I see this is as another piece of evidence that the patent process needs serious overhaul.

That thought is compounded by the fact that the original application was in 2002 and it took seven years to be granted!  How many businesses have been built on this type of technology and now may be found in violation of this patent and become responsible for licensing fees? Further, how has the “prior art” issue been addressed.

The more I learn about the patent process, the more questions I have.

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