This week: Good luck getting any lawyers in Silicon Valley to talk--even on deepest background--about this week's hot patent litigation story. That doesn't mean there isn't plenty of history and context to consider when assessing Apple's risky gambit.
Apple's lawsuit against HTC comes well into the Internet age, after a 10-year run of "troll" lawsuits has transformed the patent litigation landscape to the point that such suits now make up the bulk of many Silicon Valley litigators' practice.It's fairly unusual in the modern era for a market leader to initiate a patent suit. Which is not to say large operating companies don't sue for patent infringement. They do. But on the relatively rare occasions when they do launch such litigation, it tends to fall into a couple of categories.