he can homestead it for a quick buck
Seems to be the going thing in Silly Valley anymore, IP trolls and locusts. It's just another case of 'orrible doing what they do best (M$ probably does this too), claim rights to others' innovations. Still true as I wrote when Larry bought Lanai, and when he tried to sue the socks off of SAP:
Larry, Larry, quite contrary,
How does your empire grow?
With IP “rights” and patent fights,
and lawyers all in a row.