From Nancy Heinen, Apple general counsel until 2006:
When patent lawyers become rock stars, it’s a bad sign for where an industry is heading.
Yes it is. And from the same article, here's your factoid of the day:
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.
The whole piece is worth a read.