My humble guess is that Steve Jobs would, in fact, not have been thrown ass-first out of Apple had he not.
Apple did this because they wanted to, not because anyone else pressured them into it.
Every other tech company does it; why hold Apple to an exceptional standard?
The OP is not making an ethical or moral critique.
As regards to Apple, he's merely saying "in the long-term" it is bad business as Apple will experience a brain drain, and, there is an implicit shaming aspect (remember those blue boxes Steve? ;) by pointing out past actions of Steve Jobs himself.
Is that really true? Can you cite Google suing to enforce a patent? What about HTC iself?
can you cite a consistent pattern in their past that would argue they would never do so?
(I can cite this: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-03-03/google-wants-u-s...)
How about this?
Why is Google applying for patents? For fun?
HTC was already mentioned in the article: they are young and do not have the patent portfolio to play with the big boys.
Google is young (>10 years), but they have a large portfolio. But you can't find a "pattern that would argue they would never do so"? And that proves that Apple is doing really just the same thing everybody else are? The fact that others really aren't, but you can't find a proof that they never would?