It's good to hear that SOMETHING might happen that may sort out this mess.
I've worked in the telecoms and TV/video areas now for many years, and as time has gone on, it's become increasingly difficult to do ANYTHING without someone piping up and saying "errr... you can't do that - it's patented". It is an utterly ludicrous situation in some technology sectors.
As a result, pretty much all the techy products that Jo Public can go out and buy; TV, HiFi (remember those?), mobile phone, etc etc, are not as good as they could be. Of course, a lot of the time this is down to commercial pressures and time-to-market issues, but it is increasingly because the engineers that designed them were not able to put in feature X because someone has a patent on that feature that they can not or will not pay for. Paying for all the patents that would make your product uber-good often makes the whole venture commercially untenable. So you have no choice but to either pull the plug on the project completely, use a work-around and try and do the same thing differently enough to avoid the patent, or simply miss out the feature completely; none of these choices is beneficial to you or your customers.
What is EXTREMELY annoying is that many many times, the feature you can't use because of parent issues is so bloody obvious and basic that it's difficult to think of another way of doing it, and the other options are inherently not as good because the obvious (patented) choice is ...well ...obviously the way to do it.
I have worked on several consumer products where such-and-such feature has had to be changed or removed completely because of patent issues. It's very depressing, especially when the feature is SO basic and SO obviously the way to do something.
The end result, of course, is that poor old Jo Public ends up with a product that's not bad, but it could be better. Except that it can't and for no other reason than someone says it can't.