you are right in that, one must protect one's business, just like a country must protect its borders. But, that doesn't mean we attack our neighboring countries just because they have similar fences.
Please know I'm not a blind Google devotee... I'll give you an example. When Google served Cyanogen with a C&D letter over his Android mod because it contained the apks for the market, Gmail, Gtalk, etc, I was LIVID. I fumed and sputtered about "Open sourced my @$$" and all that, till I realized that they WORKED with him to find a workaround, then called it good. They didn't SUE, they didn't get his product banned or prevent him from doing it. I know it's not the same thing, but it's the mentality shift.
The patent system is absolutely at fault as well. One can not only patent a product, they can patent every single component of that product right down to GESTURES. Under that system, nobody is safe. But even so...If they have a legitimate case, Apple could license, then proceed to make their fine products and innovate further. Instead, they litigate
, continue to make their fine products, and... play catch up? They are just not going to win back the market share by this.