Infographic: The Patent Wars

Ian Hardy

May 23, 2012 7:17 am


The patent trolls – big or small – come out everyday to claim what they believe is theirs. In the mobile space it seems like there’s a corporate mission to have ongoing patent infringement lawsuits. Apple is going after Samsung, and Samsung is going after Apple. Microsoft is targeting Motorola, and Kodak has their bankrupt eyes on RIM. Thankfully, a fresh, much needed, infographic was created by Visual.ly to understand this ongoing patent saga. It’s an interesting chart, broken out by how many patents each company owns, then how many lawsuits are pending – currently Apple has the most at 10.

Source: Visual.ly

  • EEYYAN

    Of course Apple has the most

    • ANDROID1

      Apple will sue any one releases a rectangular smartphone

  • Correction

    RIM was a part of the group that purchased Nortels Patents.

  • LeafsFan77

    A&E should jump on this and create a new show “Patent Wars”. They can follow the CEO’s and lawyers around so we can see all the yelling and screaming.

  • Omega

    Who is google suing? :P

  • EvanKr

    Me: “What’s with all of those lines concentrated into that one area?”

    Why, it’s Apple, of course. What else should I have expected?

  • Megahertz

    It would be cool if we could click on the arrow and see a pop up of what the patent was for. But that would probably take this guy forever.

  • vengefulspirit99

    This would make a good movie

  • Meg

    Really? Google is suing HTC? After they sold patents to HTC?

    If this isn’t a clerical error, I’d really like to see proof of this.

    • OgtheDim

      The outside circle is treaty territory.

      (Geez people, read the labels)

    • kevin

      No, the outside (grey) ring represents patent transfers, not lawsuits.

  • Mercwithamouth

    Naturally Apple has the most. They ‘invent’ things over and over again. Steve Jobs was God, he farted rainbows and crapped unicorns.

  • AverageCsnadian

    @Meg, my guess is the open circle means Google is suing Apple through HTC.

  • farmerpete

    Anyone else find it ironic that Motorola is suing Google, considering they are now owned by them.

    • OgtheDim

      Sorry, but the irony is that in your haste to show irony, you didn’t read the labels.

      Outside zone…….treaties, not lawsuits.

  • John

    I’d like more visiblity here on national/global jurisdiction – if matters are settled the outcome is only binding in one country as patent law differs globally and any patent filed is only valid within its legal jurisdiction. Its possible for one company to hold rights in US and another in Russia on exactly the same thing. ZTE for instance is a Chinese company and the concept of ‘patent’ or ‘intellectual property’ doesn’t exist in Chinese Law so its a copycat free for all!

    • Anonymous

      If ZTE is from a culture that does not recognize the concept of a patent, why are they suing two other companies for patent infringement?

  • Jay

    Actually everyone, if you look at the numbers closely it looks like Apple is on the defense for once. Good to see, it’s about time they got a taste of their own medicine.

    • ruddias

      Actually, Apple is getting sued for 38 infringements, and suing for 40 infringements. Still trolling unfortunately.