There's a swelling protest on Google+ today in response to the ruling in the Apple v Samsung Galaxy Nexus lawsuit that banned Samsung from selling its Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the United States.
Put simply people are angry that Apple should be using patents in a away that makes it look like a patent troll just out to control the market by taking the competition down with legal action based on questionable patents.
The topic #BoycottApple that is currently trending on Google+ has produced a lot of original and witty comments - and hardly anybody arguing on behalf of Apple - which isn't surprising given the choice of Google+ for this stream.
Or perhaps that should read "torrent" - it's almost impossible to read or view any single item as items get pushed down the list, but here are just a few of the posts that caught my attention. The first suggests that Apple's iPhone copied design features from an earlier Samsung model?
Who would have imagined such a thing?
This one is a reminder that Apple's lawyers are an integral part of its team and do tend to be kept busy: see Patent Wars
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And the whole message is encapsulated in this graphic.
Get it? Boy + Cot + Apple.
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