Oh, you're also doing a law degree, so let me help you pass your exams: supporting a standard through either reverse engineering or through a guide literally given to you by the manufacturer is not theft. The first is your own IP, the second is a granted right. Also, software cannot even be patented in the EU where I live.which is normally seen as IP theft
I see the guys who made FFmpeg, which support DD+ through the same guides and TrueHD through reverse engineering, getting sued all the time by Dolby. Oh, wait, that is your reality, not this one.