I hope that the judge and jury see how many prior art examples there are in everything that Apple claims is patented. Our patent system is truly broken if any company can claim a patent on the hyperlink, or slide to unlock.
The U.S. patent system is indeed broken. It is not simply a matter of forgotten old ideas being rediscovered and re-patented. It is also broken by having set the bar so low on what constitutes "invention", that almost anything is patentable. If the reverse were true, we would have a lot fewer lawsuits clogging our courts.
I'm impressed by novel inventions that are obvious as soon as I see them. "I should have invented that." With the benefit of hindsight, one can reassemble many inventions from previous components. The patent office has to tread a delicate line between using 20-20 hindsight unfairly - and blocking patents which really were anticipated. I guess we can all agree that patent 6368227 for swinging sideways on a child's swing should have been invalidated (as it was). Many of us were doing that decades before the patent filing.