Personally, I think this is deplorable. Also, didn't we already have a similar trial like this with Microsoft v Apple many years ago? I seem to remember it being determined that you can't patent the look/feel of something, just the code... (I don't think it's directly mentioned in the article, but the issue is that the Nexus uses 'swipe to unlock.')
Regardless, as an Apple owner all I can say is that I have a really tough time supporting Apple on this and it has sullied the image of the whole company for me =/ Strong-arming competition rather than innovating is no way to make any customers feel good.
What are your guys' feelings on all of this?