My dislike for Apple seems to just keep growing, even though I love my iPod Touch.
The only upside to it that I can see from that article is that
(i) The patent may still be invalidated at some point.
(ii) Apple would have to prove that competitors have copied the finger-gesturing techniques to quite a high degree for them to win in court, which I believe most phones and pads don't because they're just based on the idea.
(iii) The courts could scrap the patent if Apple use it to stifle the market and create a monopoly.
I'm sure Apple aren't going to find it easy to control the market.
Are Apple really going to try and take on Google?
I'd love to see them give Apple a good kicking.