So, Apple sues HTC with over 20 patents, most of them idiotically trivial, including for example, Time-based, non-constant translation of user interface objects between states, which to the lay-developer should read “transitions”. Ah so Apple patented transitions in 2001, somebody better tell all the developers who are using things like jQuery effects, Tweenlite etc.
Steve Jobs says â€œWe think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.â€ , which is hilariously ironic when you see an earlier video with him saying how Apple has been shameless about stealing great ideas
This time even the die hard mac-heads call the craziness: Wil Shipley, Mac developer and author of the very successful Delicious Library application, writes an Open Letter to Steve Jobs on the whole thing.
But I digress. Die hard mac fanboy John Gruber posts a good writeup on this whole mess, and more folk have started associating Apple with Evil, as evidenced by Paul Grahm’s comment on Hacker News and Tim Bray’s recent Tweet.
Meanwhile, Android Central posts a pretty awesome infographic on patent litigation in the mobile space
while someone tries to patent the whole practice of patent trolling. How meta…!