Did you hear about the latest Apple versus Samsung patent development in [INSERT COUNTRY]? Judge [INSERT NAME] ruled that [Apple/Samsung] had to stop selling [INSERT PRODUCT] because it infringed on [Apple/Samsung]'s patent on [INSERT VAGUE TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION]. You didn't hear? Well who can keep up anyway? For those who need a refresher, here's one of Apple's basic claims against Samsung boiled down into a single image posted by AllThingsD's John Paczkowski. Before the iPhone, Samsung smartphones were ugly and horrible. After the iPhone, they're beautiful iPhone clones. Case closed? Someday, someone will decide for sure. [Twitter]
All of those Samsung phones are running Google's Android. Android (OS) pre-dates the iPhone announcement. Since both are guilty of "borrowing" ideas from the other, it's time for this to stop. Grow up. All of this patent "warfare" is hindering true innovation.