The title for this post is a quote from a well reading interview with Richard Posner, the judge who presided over the Apple vs Motorola suit, and ultimately threw out the lawsuit:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/05/us-apple-google-judge-idUSBRE8640IQ20120705
It won't be a surprise to anyone reading this that I agree with Mr. Posner. The current US patent system is broken, especially when it comes to software and our modern selection of computers, tablets, phones, and other software-driven devices.

It's time for companies to win because it's what people want and are buying, not because of lawsuits. Competition is good for the industry, and the differences between competitors are pretty small these days. We are past the point of "invention" - at this point it's all refinement and innovation, and let's let that battle happen in the marketplace, not the court room.