When you look around the mobile market, you can't help but notice something quite interestingeveryone is suing everyone else.
The New York Times has an excellent article with a great diagram of who is suing whom in the mobile industry.
Seems the only companies that aren't suing or being sued are Microsoft, Palm and Google-but that may definitely change, at least for Google, if Apple continues its HTC lawsuit.
Joe Wilcox has some excellent points as to why Apple really wants to stay clear of HTC on his blog over at Beta news. His gist; why wake a sleeping giant? And I concur-Google would crush them in a legal dispute given the history of the Android operating system. And the open source community would have a field day demonizing Cupertino on the matter. Given the momentum that Apple is riding, that kind of noise is going to be a distraction as Apple looks to replace Research in Motion as the number-one supplier of smartphones in corporate environments.
Engadget did a pretty decent job breaking down Apple's patent suit claims if anyone is really interested. What's interesting about these claims is that they could apply to just about any modern smartphone, all of which only serves to conclusively prove that the patent system really is broken when it comes to software.