Well... if one company believes another company is using their ideas.... their hard work... without any sort of compensation... I think they have the right to be pissed.
This sorta reminds me of a quote from my favorite movie:
"I'll tell you the problem with the scientific power you're using here: it didn't require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done, and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don't take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you've patented it, and packaged it, you've slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you're selling it..."
You're right... that's progress. Everybody borrows from everybody else.
Now imagine if Windows came before the Mac... the G1 came before the iPhone... and the Galaxy Tab came before the iPad. But they didn't.
Apple provides a lot of inspiration... huh...
But wait a minute... why couldn't Microsoft have made WP7? Are you saying they don't have the skills? Why couldn't Palm have made WebOS? Certainly RIM could have dreamed up a touchscreen phone, couldn't they?
You basically just admitted that all these other companies have no vision... no motivation to go in a new direction... unless Apple shows them the way.
Actually... that's not progress at all... that's laziness
I'm saying they didn't have inspiration. Or is inspiration no longer a part of progress?