The one good thing that could come from this money- and time-wasting mess? It's bringing an awful lot of attention to just how absurd the U.S. patent system really is. Apple "owns" the concepts of minor UI interactions? It alone possesses the right to "determine when a user is using one finger to scroll versus two or more fingers to zoom"? The list of silly-sounding claims goes on and on, but you get the point: The trial is bringing a renewed focus to the need for a major overhaul to our current patent system, and that's something we can all celebrate.
In the meantime, though, life goes on, and it's back to the game of wait-and-see. Call it tense, call it tedious, or call it troublesome. Just don't call it magical -- I hear Apple's got a patent on that.
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