Plus the idea of a space marine was around long before they were.
Anyway, Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing has written something about it:"
But you will be able to look at the patent which explains how the device works in detail so someone skilled in the art can reproduce it. If it does not, it should not be granted. Part of the problem is that software patents are obscurely worded and deliberately ambiguous to apply to more than what the patent was originally about.
Happiness is a positive cash flow.