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"...i am SERIOUSLY against the monolopoly like actions apple, and not just apple, have used the patent system to deny fair competition..."

Like it or not, patents exist and their use or avoidance of that reality can be extremely impactful on a business. Apple had been the target of many patent suits (and they continue to be a target as their fortunes have increased) and that history has informed their decisions today. I personally believe they would be negligent and more exposed to shareholder lawsuits without an aggressive legal stance.