“My feelings on Apple’s litigious nature are mixed. On the one hand, Apple has a right – perhaps even a duty to its shareholders – to defend its intellectual property,” TheMacAdvocate writes. “egal protection is theoretically one of the most important barriers between Apple and the army of knock-offs willing to clone their innovations.”

“On the other hand, the practical limits of what patent litigation has accomplished for Apple has been negligible. Tens of thousands of billable hours have yielded only minor victories for Apple, and none of them have been in this country,” TheMacAdvocate writes. “I attribute this to equal parts volume and systematic apathy. Apple has the most control over the volume, but the effectiveness of the system leaves a lot to be desired.”

TheMacAdvocate writes, “Take the most recent example from Apple’s case against Samsung in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, presided over by the Honorable Judge Lucy Koh. Koh has been riding the parties to “streamline their claims” if they want to have their scheduled July 30 day in court… Imagine if this happened in criminal proceedings. ‘The defendant is accused of 12 counts of murder, but that’s a onerous number of charges for a jury to consider. Mr. DA, get with the accused’s defense counsel and see if you can pare those counts back to something more reasonable – whatever that is. And be quick about it or I’ll have to postpone the trial. Until then, the accused has posted bail, so he’s free to go…'”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “FinneasMax” for the heads up.]