From the Frivilous Patent Department
Boeing Corporation has been granted Patent number 6,990,338 Mobile Wireless Local Area Network and Related Methods. The heart of the patent revolves around putting a WLAN on a "Mobile Platform" with multiple cell areas spaced apart within the interior of said, platform.
In simple terms this means that they have been granted a Patent on placing a WLAN in an airplane. Now the question one has to ask is, will the term "mobile platform" be translated to mean train or bus too. After all, Greyhound may be on the hook if they offer internet on buses because it too is a Mobile Platform.
The picture that is being painted here is that, anyone who adapts existing technology to their venue could soon be in line for royalty cheques. One would think that the NTP v. RIM suit would make the patent office think twice about granting protection to processes that leverage existing technology.