I am a bit disappointed by the tone of this article. It sounds more like Florian's normal attack articles than the normal LWN articles do.
While I agree it would be a very bad thing if Google were to decide to start "making money from lawsuits", I don't see this as the start of that.
If Apple had sued Google directly instead of just suing the manufacturers who use Android in their products, this would be a simple counter-suit and nobody would be seriously questioning google about it (although the opposition in the lawsuit would be trying to scare people about it)
Since Apple has not sued Google directly, they have had no opportunity to respond directly, and so it is _very_ easy to see this as a strategic counter-attack rather than as an offensive move (which it is at a tactical level)
I also think it's worth noting that Florian's writing is sponsored by Oracle. He noted it in one post back in April (and Oracle listed him when asked by the Judge in the Oracle vs Google lawsuit asked who they had paid to write about the case), but it's an easy fact to have missed.