Opportunistic lawsuit by get-rich-quick schemers versus company doing legitimate business with proven business model. There is nothing 'david vs goliath' about this at all, it is a lawsuit meant only to get these people paid money they do not deserve and did not earn.
Yeah, can you believe their nerve? They're just lucky that Apple is willing to give them anything at all in return for their money, and they expect that return to actually be what was sold? Get real. Uppity little consumers like this need to be taught a little lesson about how the food chain works and their place in it, and I expect Apple's fine lawyers to do just that. Un-freaking unbelievable.
"The wheel was invented long before patents existed. It only took 1,000 years to come up with it. Now, had there been patents then, it might have been invented in a decade or two."
If that long! Another example: The only reason we don't have perpetual motion machines giving us unlimited free energy today is because the patent office won't issue patents for them. When they change their minds someday, all our energy problems will be solved. Of course, that will never happen if the patent haters have their way. They're the real ones holding up progress.
Or there's what Macrovision does. They come up with a method of copy protection, and then they patent every possible method of bypassing that copy protection. They don't license out those patents because once again, that's not the point of them.
Hey, it's a free market, you can get those patents if you want them. All you have to do is buy the company!
It should be! Why should someone be able to steal someone else's math from them? That just isn't right! If I discover that 2+3=5, then why should someone else be able to come along and just copy (steal) that?