@evildictaitor: Interesting reading, thanks! Will shoot holes in it later
Automobile companies do have contend with patents (and not only that - have always had to contend with patents - Ford was not born before Patent Law took effect in the USA). And there is no shortage of different automobiles in the marketplace, and no shortage of innovations in that market either.
I don't agree, innovation has grinded to a halt. There have been no major innovations, just very slight improvements. The car we drive today doesnt differ much from the basic car 50 years ago.
I do wonder why Ford doesnt battle GM in courts as hefty as Apple and SamSung?