Apple's penchant for aggressively pursuing litigation and excessive claims of financial damage against competitors is emblematic of a bigger problem in the tech space. According to The New York Times, as much as $20 billion was spent on patent litigation and patent purchases in the last two years. Putting that amount in perspective, that is an amount equal to eight Mars rover missions. Last year, for the first time, spending by Apple and Google on patent lawsuits and unusually big-dollar patent purchases exceeded spending on research and development of new products, according to public filings.
Which brings us back to the obvious similarities between the iPhone 6 and Nexus 4. Apple has every right to defend its intellectual property, but to turn around and do exactly what it has accused Samsung of doing is almost comical.
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