This Infographic Breaks Down Patent War Mess

The patent wars have gotten uglier and more numerous as time rolls on. It’s now nearly impossible to keep track of who is accusing who of infringing on what anymore.

It all makes a little more sense in diagram form. has done the service of compiling some of the numbers involved in the patent wars and has released an infographic on the skirmishes that each of the companies are involved in. You can see that Apple, ZTE, Huawei, Kodak, and Microsoft are all bearing the brunt of the worst of it.

Samsung and Apple have recently been in talks to settle their differences. Google and Oracle just settled their patent lawsuit yesterday. Maybe in time we can start seeing this diagram clear up a little?

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  • A broken system which is widely abused and no efforts whatsoever to even try to put a band-aid on the giant wound never-mind actually trying to solve the problem. If you think you shouldn't care and that it doesn't effect you, need I direct you to who pays for the courts? That's right, you and these long court battles cost god only knows how much tax payer dollars causing more funds to go there then where it would be better allocated.

    So now whatever helpful service it would have went to instead got burned so corporations can
    sue each other for billions of dollars in what resembles a circle jerk. But that is way more important than your kids getting new updated textbooks this year, right?
  • Ugh, I hate Tom's images. Here, enjoy the proper-size image.