I bet when you're texting with friends you like to drop a :-) or maybe a ;-). If you're really up on your game, it's possible you toss in a (^_^). And because RIM and Samsung decided to include a quick-access key for these wonderful digital creations on their smartphones, some soulless patent trolls got all >:-O about it and are taking the companies to court.
According to Paid Content, Varia Holdings -- the trolls in question -- say that BlackBerry handsets, along with the Galaxy Nexus, all infringe on their patent which "results in the display of a list of emoticons for selection by the user".
What next? Trolling for including a display of punctuation marks? Does Apple's emoji key fall under the domain of this patent? PLEASE TELL ME NO. DON'T TAKE MY EMOJI AWAY FROM ME. :'( [Paid Content]