re: Apple Beats Competition With Design--And Design Patents
You clearly don't own any design patents, or you wouldn't be saying that! Good for you - that you don't buy any apple products (and others like you)! You contradicted yourself in your last statement:
"Protecting your investments is one thing, using design patents to stifle competition is another."
Apple is protecting their investment... 4 plus years of investment, to be exact!
Hopefully, this will spur on the market at large to develop something unique - and yes, patent the hell out of the design! Look at Microsoft, for an example.