"patriotic" card indeed, and not just US/Texas related
This gets a bit crazy, and could be yet another issue against Apple. Since Apple doesn't employ any manufacturing itself anywhere (a huge hot button this election year), and Samsung actually does manufacture in the US with high paying jobs? Yeah, there is a chance that in an election year that Congress and the President could get involved and fall on Apple like a pack of wolves and take Samsung's side. Election years can get crazy as politicians try to prove they are "doing something" and Court cases be damned if #$!@ politicians step in... Too many variables going on. Apple - RETREAT!
Apple (among others) also might want to think about getting back into some manufacturing since it could end up on the slippery slope everywhere it does business. FoxConn does all the "real" work. That could spell even bigger trouble if a new IP related court case came up in China. The cases have come up on the rest of the planet... If you don't control at least some of your manufacturing and keep it geographically diverse, you can't control your ultimate destiny should unnatural (political/legal) or natural disasters occur. *cough* floods *cough*
I stick to my original stance that Apple in starting this patent war, has brought a knife to a browning machine gun fight since they don't have much in the way of engineering patents like Samsung does. There is a chance they'll make out ok, but it is increasingly looking bleak, and that it is time to settle everyone of these suits as quick as possible. Get back to business of making devices people want and get out of the business of suing companies over what appear to have been invalid patents.