In the magazine Science they (Nenad Bozinovic) are talking about
"Terabit-Scale Orbital Angular Momentum Mode Division Multiplexing in Fibers" Which is another way to multiplex light in fiber optics,
It isn’t difficult to see that what happens in light happens in other electro magnetic waves as well, right?
Would this article make wireless multiplexing schemes patents based on this scheme void (if filed after this date)? or is this kind of symmetries/relationships in physics is not necessary obvious to patent examiners?
to what extent people writing articles should state that their research extends to other other areas (in this case, to wireless transmission) to make clear some of the relationships in physics which might not be obvious to patent examiners.
On the other hand if one found a relationship between light and say biology, that could be made into interesting creative products, but if the relationship is very direct, would it be inventive? or if it was not clear then but it is clear now, would that invalidate the patent in the future?