I have to thank my boss, Rob, for bringing this to my attention. And now I’m bringing it to YOUR attention, my dear library friends – you should be concerned.
Did Envisionware infringe on 3M’s patents? I don’t know. But it seems to me that maybe the library world should be a little more than concerned about this. Be prepared – you can bet the cost of RFID and similar services will most likely go up. 3rd party vendors that use RFID and similar products that 3M is suing over are going to be hiring lawyers to help protect themselves in this case.
As a profession that prides itself on providing access to information and resources, why aren’t we upset about the availability and cost of the resources provided to us?