"Now it’s personal. The ever escalating patent war between Apple and Google is not just entertaining to watch, it’s actually driving up the cost of intellectual property across the industry. At this point, the stakes have become so high that companies are stockpiling patents to protect themselves from what appears like the unavoidable patent infringement claims that will be thrown their way. Currently, Apple is suing Google over patent infringement as it relates to Google’s Android operating system and it’s getting nasty. Things are to the point now, that companies like Apple and Google are collecting patent stockpiles for almost everything they can in an attempt to be able to countersue anyone that is bold enough to come after them. As a business strategy I understand this, but it’s creating an inflated market that I don’t think is good for the industry overall."