For the mobile end user this whole patent-wrangling business leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth, and it's fair to say most of it so far seems to have involved Apple in some way.
One name that hasn't been involved so far, at least not directly, is Google, so does that mean the Big G isn't interested in the patent-pushing legal strong-arm business? Not quite.
Earlier this week Google's general counsel Kent Walker was quoted as saying: “the tech industry has a significant problem. Software patents are kind of gumming up the works of innovation”.
Seems to fit in nicely with Google's “Don't be evil” mantra, no?
Maybe, but what doesn't fit in is Google's purchase of 1,030 patents from IBM just a couple of weeks earlier. Of course, that doesn't mean buying patents is inherently evil. But it does mean Google doesn't have the right to act all holier-than-thou when it's doing exactly what everyone else is.