Apple was awarded a patent for "slide to unlock", even though there was a Nokia smartphone out the year before that was using that function, prior to the iPhone and prior to Apple even applying for the patent. And that is not the only example of Apple taking something that another company invented, looking to see if there was a patent for it, and if not, applying for one and presenting it as their own. That in and of itself should be illegal. You are claiming rights to something that you didn't invent, and I think that we need a patent law that says that if you apply for a patent that you knowingly didn't invent, that you should be guilty of "attempted IP theft" or something like that. It is almost like insurance fraud, where you try to put in a claim on a car or property that is not registered to you... Apple is using this and bordering on what I consider definitely unethical, and possibly illegal, in an attempt to succeed where they are otherwise failing in the market place. They no longer have what it takes to make a better product, so they are using legal loopholes and abusing the court system, at taxpayer's expense no less, to try and win there. It's an abuse and it should be illegal.