He who lives by the sword...
For years now science has been eroded by the influence of big business. Now we have the case that if a science research proposal doesn't look like it will produce money, it is far less likely to be funded.
So, to hear that this scientific organisation is now holding big business' next big thing hostage is wonderfully ironic. And why not? The scientists did all the work - why should a bunch of company execs and shareholders who don't even know how wireless works make all the money!
In fact, I'd go so far as to say 'tough luck' to the companies already selling 'n' standard equipment. I hope they get sued! Perhaps then they'll learn that if they want scientists to be happy they need to treat them like human beings, not money generating machines.
Perhaps this is the opening salvo in a new battle between the scientific community and the business community over who has the right to exploit the products of scientific research. Imagine Intel having to pay royalties to Nobel prize winning physicists on every processor they sell!