The awful mobile software patent mess plus 4 other Apple stories to read today

With so many people writing about Apple(s AAPL), finding the best stories and reports isn’t easy. Here’s our daily pick of stories about the company from around the Web that you shouldn’t miss:
  • Remember the judge who threw out the Apple/Motorola(s GOOG) patent lawsuit last month? Judge Richard Posner sat down for a chat with Reuters and was his typically outspoken self, talking about the mess into which the U.S. patent system has devolved and questioning the necessity of software patents at all.
  • Microsoft(s MSFT) is re-imagining its PC business with Windows 8 and the Surface. But how did we get here? Horace Dediu at Asymco charts how Microsoft began losing its outright Windows PC dominance even before the iPad arrived.
  • Apple recently patented a wearable heads-up display device, somewhat similar to Google’s Project Glass. Gizmodo wonders how such a product from Apple would differ from Google’s approach.
  • Apple has had success in two recent decisions in its ongoing patent dispute with Samsung. It’s not having the same luck with HTC, Fortune reports.
  • Now that Apple’s paid off Proview for the iPad trademark in China, my colleague Jeff recently wondered if this would embolden more Chinese companies to come after Apple with similar infringement claims. The answer appears to be “yes.” The Next Web has details on a company in China that’s crying foul over Siri.

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