As for Apple and Samsung, while it probably isn’t legally possible to protect innovative UI — and that’s a net win for society — the best we can do is hold ourselves to high ethical standards. Samsung is institutionally and permanently tasteless, shameless, and crass to its core. They are, and always have been, professional rip-offs. If you want to support them, that’s on you.
Personally, while I don’t believe patents should legally protect this sort of thing (or anything), I value originality enough to vote with my publicly stated opinions and buying choices.
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