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This Infographic Breaks Down Patent War Mess

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The patent wars are a hot mess. Maybe this infographic can help you sort things out...

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. Visual.ly 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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    amk-aka-Phantom , May 29, 2012 12:32 PM
    http://visually.visually.netdna-cdn.com/TechPatentWars_4fbbd3c0a89bc.png
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    amk-aka-Phantom , May 29, 2012 12:28 PM
    Ugh, I hate Tom's images. Here, enjoy the proper-size image.

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    NuclearShadow , May 29, 2012 12:20 PM
    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?
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    amk-aka-Phantom , May 29, 2012 12:28 PM
    Ugh, I hate Tom's images. Here, enjoy the proper-size image.

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    amk-aka-Phantom , May 29, 2012 12:32 PM
    http://visually.visually.netdna-cdn.com/TechPatentWars_4fbbd3c0a89bc.png
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    gamoniac , May 29, 2012 12:40 PM
    I am surprised to see that there is no legal battle between Microsoft and Apple, at least at the present. Is that right?

    @amk-aka-phantom, Tom's image is full size, but you do need to click on it a couple of times to get there.
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    happyballz , May 29, 2012 1:24 PM
    gamoniacTom's image is full size, but you do need to click on it a couple of times to get there.


    This is idiotic... click 3 times to open a single image? Dumb advertisement driven design...
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    dojan , May 29, 2012 1:32 PM
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    You can see that Apple, ZTE, Huawei, Kodak, and Microsoft are all bearing the brunt of the worst of it.


    While this is arguably true, they are also very obviously the worst culprits behind it all, along with Interdigital. Indeed, looking at this graph, the only companies with more that three outgoing lawsuits are Apple, Interdigital, Kodak and Microsoft.
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    misanthrope5688 , May 29, 2012 1:48 PM
    Things i get out of that graph:
    Samsung and Google, being as freaking huge as they are, are suing only one company, and in Samsung's case, is Apple, which is an "eye for an eye" situation.
    I feel Barnes & Noble is just there to be trolled by Microsoft.
    Motorola Mobility: 17000 patents. That must have been fun for everyone.
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    DjEaZy , May 29, 2012 1:53 PM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5FfJ89rGPc
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    molo9000 , May 29, 2012 1:55 PM
    NuclearShadowA 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 cansue 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?


    The cost of running the courts is actually the least important issue of the patent system. I bet companies spend way more on their legal departments than governments spend on courts.

    The real issue is, that the current patent system hampers competition more than it encourages innovation.
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    eddieroolz , May 29, 2012 2:14 PM
    Looks like we have a playground where three or so bullies are attacking almost everyone.
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    pjmelect , May 29, 2012 4:14 PM
    Software should not be patentable.
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    zak_mckraken , May 29, 2012 4:42 PM
    happyballzThis is idiotic... click 3 times to open a single image? Dumb advertisement driven design...

    Actually it's 2 times. It's worse than 1, agreed, but it's better than 3!
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    memadmax , May 29, 2012 4:49 PM
    I bet there are entire legions of lawyers grinding away at the patent office looking for the holy grail of them all: The patent for "breathing".......
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    anony2004 , May 29, 2012 5:00 PM
    What's up with Google; sued for 19,101 patents.
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    gm0n3y , May 29, 2012 5:56 PM
    How it Motorola suing Google, didn't Google buy them?
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    silver565 , May 29, 2012 8:46 PM
    Not surprised to see Apple with most of the lines
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    bentonsl_2010 , May 29, 2012 8:49 PM
    silver565Not surprised to see Apple with most of the lines


    Pay attention. The gray part of the chart is the "who is selling to who" section. So yes they do own them.
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    bentonsl_2010 , May 29, 2012 8:49 PM
    silver565Not surprised to see Apple with most of the lines


    Pay attention. The gray part of the chart is the "who is selling to who" section. So yes they do own them.
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    silver565 , May 29, 2012 8:52 PM
    Bentonsl_2010Pay attention. The gray part of the chart is the "who is selling to who" section. So yes they do own them.


    I just said they had the most lines? As in, they're the most active in the patent world?
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    dojan , May 29, 2012 10:34 PM
    silver565Not surprised to see Apple with most of the lines


    Bentonsl_2010Pay attention. The gray part of the chart is the "who is selling to who" section. So yes they do own them.


    But...

    Pay attention. Apple does not in fact sell any patents (according to this chart). They are however suing for 40 of them... (five lines yes, but look at the little bubbles with numbers in them.)
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