The referenced patent has apparently been granted. It covers nearly the exact kind of thing that LinuxMCE has been doing since at least 2007, if not earlier.
Many of the patent "inventors" are academicians... Working in the (corporate sponsored) engineering departments of their various institutions. In my humble opinion, these men (yes, they are all men, I checked,... not like ladies wouldn't do this too for the right money too) ARE PLAGIARISTS, and should be fired from their positions!!!
I am highly incensed, to the degree that my wife asked me what (expletives deleted) was the matter with me... Maybe I'm just too self-righteous,... but to me this is STEALING. I can't claim that I am the first line person hurt by this (the LinuxMCE developers as well as the developers of the various Linux Bluetooth libraries and applications it is based on are). However,... something NEEDs to be done.
I have informed the EFF of the patent (two attorneys there). The 2 I informed were members of the EFF's patent busting team. While I am an attorney, I am not a practicing attorney (still licensed, not disbarred or anything) and I am not a patent attorney (there is a separate bar for that). I also believe that we should appeal to these men's academic sensibilities. Being accused of plagiarism is not a mild thing for an academic (my father is an academic, and a distinguished Professor of Physics and the longest serving professor at his institution,... and despite my jokes to the contrary, one heck of an educator). Professors, most of the good ones anyway, are a bunch who would not sit idly by as their reputations were impugned (it hurts future employment opportunities, plus they tend to be a moral sort).
It is my understanding that in patent law, each named inventor has the right to grant license on their invention. If we can convince one of these men to grant an irrevocable license to the FSF, it would act as an impasse to any future development (I'd insist on a public apology too).