Nearly everyone likes to condemn Apple's patent suits as an egregious abuse of law, but I have always found Rambus to be the real abuser, along with IBM. A borderline criminal organization, as far as I can tell.
A US judge has ruled that legal attack dog Rambus destroyed evidence prior to its patent lawsuit against SK Hynix - but decided the paper-shredding wasn't a deliberate attempt to derail Hynix's defence. Judge Ronald Whyte reduced the royalties that Hynix owes on memory chips to just "reasonable non-discriminatory" levels. The …
IBM ?! You are making me laugh. When was the last time you saw IBM dragging their competitors in courts allover the planet ? Heck, in case you did not know, Apple has dedicated a top lawyer charged specifically with coordinating its numerous patent lawsuits across courts of justice. Not to mention about suing competitors for making beautiful round corners rectangular devices or for displaying rows of square icons, IBM never did that.
Let's not be silly!
"IBM ?! You are making me laugh. When was the last time you saw IBM dragging their competitors in courts allover the planet ?"
It is not always necessary to initiate court proceedings, as the following story will illustrate:
"July 2011: 'An awkward silence ensued. The blue suits did not even confer among themselves. They just sat there, stonelike. Finally, the chief suit responded. “OK,” he said, “maybe you don’t infringe these seven patents. But we have 10,000 U.S. patents. Do you really want us to go back to Armonk [IBM headquarters in New York] and find seven patents you do infringe? Or do you want to make this easy and just pay us $20 million?” After a modest bit of negotiation, Sun cut IBM a check, and the blue suits went to the next company on their hit list." http://www.osnews.com/story/24987/Microsoft_s_Android_Shakedown_IBM_Did_It_First/
Or consider TurboHercules, if you will.