This is not coincidence. We already know from one of their employees that they follow x264 development. We also know that they file patents for practically everything he comes up with. Well, this time, it looks like they ran out of ideas, so they had to go use the cheat sheet: open source.
This quote set the media off on Tandberg, which contacted Garrett-Glaser to deny the charge.
"Tandberg claims they came up with the algorithm independently: to be fair, I can actually believe this to some extent." He asked people to stop harassing the Tandberg programmer involved.
But he did not back down about his claims concerning the actual patent application.
"The patent is still complete tripe, and should never have been filed." What's being patented is too basic, too simple, to be worthwhile, using the phrase "an apparatus" to try and fool the Patent Office.
At a time when governments around the world are trying to tighten the intellectual property regime, aiming to stop piracy and plagiarism online, it's still ridiculously easy for corporations to steal some kid's code and try to get a patent on it.
Software is not a mousetrap. It's a way for building mousetraps. It should not be patentable.