NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Unlike any other sector, the competition that exists in technology is often brutal and sometimes downright nasty. As soon as a market leader emerges, it immediately becomes the target of every rival in the industry that wants nothing more than to put it out of business. It's a cutthroat business where survival depends on not only protecting what you have, but sometimes getting away with what you can steal.What Research in Motion ( RIMM) was able to do to Palm is the perfect example. Though they say imitation is the best form of flattery, in business it's the No. 1 cause of death.