You cannot fail to have noticed that just about every mobile device/tablet manufacturer is suing at least one of their competitors at the moment. None of them seems to be free from some form of legal action in what is starting to look a little like a merry-go-round of lawsuits!
Apple have now come out (by way of a leaked letter written to ETSI) and called for a change to the way these key patents are dealt with. Microsoft have publicly supported their call. Let’s be clear, I have no doubt that Apple and Microsoft are no different to anyone else when it comes to patent enforcement. However, I believe that they are right in calling for something to be done and, for the sake of future innovation, I hope that something positive comes of it.