Yes, but I think the action here is the antithesis of patent trolling, is it not?
Here we have Apple, an actual tech company with
(1) products in the marketplace
(2) legit patents for meaningful inventions
(3) a desire to stay OUT of court so it can produce the products
(4) a settlement with the biggest name in computers at the time - not for cash, but for an INVESTMENT.
This is absolutely not patent trolling.
In fact, one could argue that this is the patent system operating at its best.
An innovative company with good ideas flounders in the marketplace temporarily (possibly due to anti-competitive behavior by MS?), leverages its patents to get an influx of capital, and subsequently becomes one of the profitable companies in the history of civilization?
Yeah, that sounds about right.