This is what happens in a depressed economy (worldwide, no less). A company that, in good times, would ignore or extend license to another company decides it is easier to make money by lawsuit. Fact is; until the droids came out, Motorola was not really producing any devices that were popular (unless you count the RAZR series, which has had its own issues and reputation).
if these companies could try to get along and maybe work in tandem with one another, perhaps we'd have some outstanding devices by now, alas, we have to wait until they get over themselves and stop bickering.
Have you ever wondered why things intended to make our lives simpler keep getting more complicated to use?