Given that a significant number of these patents are being used directly against a Linux stack I personally believe the community should organize and back HTC. Particularly the major organizations and companies (OIN, RedHat, IBM, Google) who support Linux should be stepping into this suit to help defend HTC. Personally the ideal would be for all the organizations I listed to enter a patent agreement with HTC to allow HTC to use the combined patents in defense against Apple. Although Apple will deny it, this is a direct attack on the Android software, and if it's allowed to stand Apple could attack much of the Linux community. If we fail to coalesce and defend a company using Linux we deserve what will ultimately happen to Linux because of patents. We simply must provide a combined defense so other companies think twice before threatening someone using Linux in a product.
Most of these patents are UI patents, How on earth you can patent a UI is beyond me. The equivalent would be patenting the location of a switch on a machine, not the machine itself. (Specifically the patent for a software switch to unlock the keypad, that has to be just about the worst patent ever granted) It's just downright silly. This suit reminds me very much of Apples "look and feel" lawsuit against MS that took a decade to resolve with the courts finally telling apple you can't patent the look and feel of something.