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[Infographic] This Is What a Patents Disaster Looks Like

Yan Matusevich


This whole patent scandal has been a total chaotic mess. It seems like just about every single major player on the smartphone market has gotten their hands dirty in legal battles over patents. In fact, the legal proceedings span across many different companies, countries and time zones. To bring some order to this jumble, Reteurs has compiled a small visualization of all the current legal battles. If you thought understanding the New York subway was hard, try figuring this one out. 

 A total of 20 companies are part of this thorough infographic that gives you a better picture of the whole situation. If you take a moment and look closely at the picture, you'll notice a couple of interesting things:

  • Most of the arrows lead to Apple - the most legally active company
  • None of the Android companies are suing each other
  • Everyone is suing Apple and Apple is suing everybody else

So I'l leave it up to you to decide who the main culprit is in all of this. 


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  • Jean M. Aug 22, 2011 Link

    Kodak....are those guys still around?

  • John Fiscell Aug 22, 2011 Link

    Apple is at the center of this. No questions asked.

  • Foo S. Aug 22, 2011 Link

    i've never heard of some of these companies to be totally honest with you.

  • Aaron Android Aug 22, 2011 Link

    it's impossible to tell who is at the source of all of this. we need a timeline for this.

  • Trisha Friedman Aug 22, 2011 Link

    this does actually look like the new york subway down in lower manhattan...

  • Marshall Harris Aug 22, 2011 Link

    Foxconn isn't suing anybody right now actually. interesting.