OK - so I read the article and still unclear the reasoning behind this. They aren’t trying to protect it from the government - they already issued it. Is it to protect them from patent troll? That seems to be a real issue in some circles. Is it to protect them from real challengers to the patent?
Granted a shield will protect against both bogus and legit claims. But which is it? If it’s patent trolls, I have a hard time getting to upset here. If its a crappy patent that might be contested, then hiding behind your “big brother” after you started a fight isn’t something I can condone.
Of course, if the US patent office took a lot more care on who they gave out patents too, and we cracked down on patent trolls, this wouldn’t even have been thought of.