Infographic: Current smartphone patent infringement cases

Ian Hardy

January 24, 2012 7:32 am


Everyday there seems to be a mobile manufacturer launch a new patent infringement case. It’s big business and companies spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year protecting their intellectual property. Just yesterday RIM was hit by WiLAN, and it was possibly revealed that Apple has already spent upwards of $100 Million in legal fees against HTC. Thankfully somebody has taken the time to make sense of some, not all, of the current cases. As you can see Apple seems to be on everyone’s radar – according to this chart they are involved in one way or another in 12 patent infringement cases, HTC has 5 and RIM has 4.

Source: IntoMobile
Via: PCMag

  • Thai

    Apple’s motto: If you can’t beat ‘em, sue them!

    • Nack

      Isn’t apple the one with like 50 billion of cash? I think that’s more than the combined amount of cash of all of the companies that sue apple. Also, Apple invented the modern touchscreen smartphone. It’s safe to say that Apple is on top of all of these companies. However, I agree – the patent lawsuits are just pure madness. Just cross-license that s**t and end of discussion. Apple should realize that android is unstoppable. Sure, android, for the most part, is an iOS rip off, but it’s not like apple never ripped off other companies. That’s what the tech industry is about- You steal somebody else’s idea, you improve it, and you capitalize on it. Apple just doesn’t like because it was google that ripped off their idea.

    • briggs

      Odd, I seem to see differently. Apple only has three active plaintiff cases. The rest they are defending.

    • -DTECH

      @ briggs if you follow the source link and the further link for the Techcrunch article Apple apparently transferred patents to Digitude Innovations, seems kinda weird seeing as how litigious Apple is of late, seems like patent trolling by proxy to me, if this is the case it would bring Apple up to 11 suits total, if you look at the Digitude lawsuits its targeting all of Apples competitors too

      Making them the lawsuit king

  • sdf

    I love how the only thing you pull out of this is Apple, Einstein.

  • sdf

    Did you even take time to look at the graph, Poindexter?

  • Rhettimus

    Maybe instead of constantly fighting with eachother they should build a phone with a battery life.

  • :O

    Samsungs motto: if u can’t beat them copy them

  • Dylan K

    Samsung was making phones before Apple was making iPods. Your point is invalid.

  • Zoomus

    You fansboys need a girlfriend,

    I guess Apple never learns, they lost the PC war with Micro$oft, now they are losing it to Android, so instead of up the ante do better, sue them, its the Americna way just sue them.

  • Netguru

    Blame the U.S. Patent Office for all these so-called “patent infringement” cases. The USPO is solely responsible (irresponsible) by issuing patents on things that had no business being patented in the first place.

  • EvanK

    Google: Makes good notification bar for Android devices

    Apple: Has bad notification system for messages, improves and copies Google

    Google: Not bothered too much that Apple stole their idea

    Apple: Sues Google for having a similar notification bar

  • Flintstone

    What I find interesting is IBM who has a large patent portfolio sues no one. Is it because they want innovation?

    • briggs

      they just buy out everyone they deem interesting. Its quite a good strategy to be honest. Especially if you have the cash to back it up.

  • Moi

    Probably because we’re talking about smartphones. IBM is not part of it.

    • Flintstone

      what? are you serious?

  • radapple

    You guys need to stop focusing on Apple. Ya, they started the patent war, but it’s like WWI. They were just the match used to light the powder keg that was already in place. There needs to be reform in the way patents are handled, including the amount of time they are valid.

  • ERIC_DERP

    EVERYONE WANTS A PIECE OF APPLE. YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL WHEN YOU HAVE S MANY ENEMIES. INSTEAD OF BEING JEALOYS OF APPLE, OTHER COMPANIES NEED TO LOOK AT THEMSELVES, AND DETERMINE WHY THEY ARE LAGGING BEHIND SO MUCH. SIMPLE.

    • dumm

      last time I checked samsung has a bigger share of the smartphone market than apple

    • L

      Is your macbook’s cap-lock key broken?

  • marion

    Android a rip of iOS?? Are you mad?

  • xdxx

    apple can go to hell with their patents

  • Jesse

    And who is Nokia suing? No one! Good boy, Nokia.

    • Andrew

      RIM and Google aren’t either.

  • RC

    And the true winner of all these lawsuits???… the lawyers

  • jokesallaround

    I love how all the comments that bash Apple have all been downvoted.