By that same definition, Springfield Armory, Kimber, and lord knows how many others are just ripping off Colt. And let's not get into AR-15 manufacturers! Taurus bought the rights to produce Beretta clones fair and square. Can't hold it against them for doing so. Someone previously said that Beretta was an innovator...well, as of late, it seems they've stopped innovating. Until very recently, they had few new designs, and some of their attempts to improve current ones (like the Vertec) didn't fly. Their PX4 pistol is an attempt to take back a share of the LE market. It's a pretty standard Cop Gun; plastic, ugly, mushy striker-fired or striker-esque trigger (on one version, at least). I think they should just update the Beretta 92. Imagine a Beretta 92 with interchangable (alloy, not plastic) backstraps, a frame mounted safety (cocked & locked, or manual decock) or a frame mounted decocker, mounting rail, etc. Expand the magazine, see if you can't cram 18 or 19 rounds in there without it sticking out too far. Make the pistol hold a lot of rounds for being so big. Could probably get 12 or 13 in the .40 version. Beefed up Brigadier slide. That'd be a nice pistol, and it'd be competitive for what the LE market wants these days.