I've largely kept my distance from the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung. Not because it's all quite complicated and has gone on way too long, though both those points are true. The simple truth is I don't actually care.
The whole thing is childish and ridiculous. You don't have to agree – that's entirely your right. But then please explain whose life is better off when a company develops and releases a new product – in this case the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 – and then is ordered to stop selling it by the courts.
Now before I get mowed down by a barrage of criticism, I'm not saying innovation should go unprotected and blatant copying of intellectual property go unpunished.
But does today's decision by a German court to give Apple the EU-wide injunction against the 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab it's been looking for bring us any closer to an ultimate resolution on an issue neither side seems even remotely interested in actually resolving once and for all?
Likewise, does the decision by the same court to deny an Apple a similar injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1N mean we won't see similar legal challenges appearing in other countries and even on other continents in the weeks and months to come?
Of course not.
Not when you consider that the decision against Apple was actually an appeal against a ruling made back in January – and that the Galaxy Tab 10.1N only exists in the first place because Samsung had to modify the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 after being found in breach of Apple patents last year.
Let me also be clear that I'm not suggesting for a second (as some have in the wake of today's rulings) that Samsung is in some way the good guy in all this. Sorry, but any possibility of a chance to play that role vanished in a cloud of legal fees a long time ago.
Let's not forget – we're talking about two companies so vastly dominant these days that each comfortably generates more profits than the rest of the entire mobile hardware industry put together.
To me there's something very wrong in seeing Apple and Samsung pour seemingly endless cash into their personal legal war with each other when across the industry capable, hard-working engineers, developers and the like are now jobless just because they don't happen to work for either of the corporate giants.
Yes, the lines start to blur when you factor in software and service giants like Microsoft and Google, but not in a way that makes anyone's life any better.
Anyhow, head over to TheNextWeb if you're hungry for more details. I'm not.