http://www.techdirt.com/articles/200804 ... 8824.shtml
Basically, what happened is that SES had a problem with a satellite launch, such that the satellite did not reach the proper orbit (it was intended to be a geostationary satellite used by Echostar). SES then figured out that it could get the satellite into a proper orbit by making use of a lunar flyby. That part is just basic physics. But, at that point, SES discovered that Boeing happens to own a patent on doing this sort of lunar flyby, despite the fact that you can't patent physics. As someone notes in the article, Boeing merely used some jargon to make basic physics appear as a "process." If that sounds familiar, you'll note that it's the same thing that many patent holders are doing to turn math into patents using software patents.
I mean... REALLY? I'm not extremely well versed in patent law by any means, but I have to imagine that Boeing wouldn't have a prayer if it this were actually taken to court.
Just interested in any thoughts, or knowledgeable opinions on this.