Is that a hypothesis or speculation? If there were patents it would depend on who holds them and what their intent is on how they are utilized.
Prepared by Policy Intern Raeanne Young Many issued patents upon a new review turn out to lack novelty and obviousness…www.eff.org
Patents can be contested holding up roll out possibly forcing a different direction in the ‘techniques’ strung together, building ‘blocks’ so to speak, or they can be held in good faith and allow public royalty free use.
Back in 2005, Linux was still under attack by SCO for imaginary copyright violations and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer…www.zdnet.com
After all, we are talking about ‘money’ here, that Empire is ages old and won’t just sit idly by. I do enjoy a good show, young actors antics do provide a type of comical relief, if only the consequences of those actions were not so serious.