I skimmed through all the comments, and I think everyone missed the point of what has occurred. This ban was directed to Samsung, however it was indirectly pointed towards a core Google device. Essentially Apple is trying to drag Google into this, but Google for the most part is taking the high road, just as LG did with the Prada when everyone pointed out the design of that phone.
Now, I'll go back to the point; this is directed at Samsung. Apple is grasping at straws in my view because they are being petty about patent use. Let face it, once all the dust is clear, the USPO will become a huge target in the political arena.
My opinion on patents are as such:
Software patents have to be related to hardware specifically. Don't pull some bullshit about how I rub my screen with my digit and it moves stuff. If its that broad of a patent, its should be like FRAND.
Patent physical form in EXTREME detail. What's the material? How does it feel? Does the material you say ACTUALLY feel like the materials suppose. And this shape bullshit, I'll patent the middle finger to that noise. Another thing, does it look EXACTLY the same?
If you patent a device, you need proof of concept. That will stop trolling. And, if you don't license a patent over a certain amount of time, you lose it, kind of like how Apple is snatching up squatters.
I can probably go on for hours about this, but the fact remains, a ban is a ban, even if its on a flucking fluke. (yes i said flucking).
But, I want to bring something up. Do y'all see Nintendo doing this crap to Sony or Microsoft?