I’ve found that most of the people who think they’re critics of Apple’s litigiousness are in fact more critical of the system.They criticize Apple because they mistake Apple’s skill with needless aggression. And they mistake some other company’s incompetence with niceness. Specifically, these critics believe that small things shouldn’t be patentable, only large things. And they believe that only functions should be patentable, not design or look-and-feel.In reality small things — very small things — can be patented under current US law. And so can design.
Apple didn’t invent or create this particular system, but they are forced to play by it. Otherwise, everyone and their brother will have a phone out there that, for all intents and purposes, looks and acts exactly like an iPhone.