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Web of Tech Patent Lawsuits [Infographic]

It seems every other day that we hear Company A is suing Company B over patent infringement. Thanks to PCMag, we can keep track of them all through a set of infographics. These graphs give us a solid representation of the amount of firepower each company holds with their number of patents. As we can see, a lot of these companies have in the tens of thousands of patents – how they keep track of them all, don’t ask us. In the above chart, there are the major filings along with their dates, but we sort of wish they also had the outcome. We love a good Fortune 500 drama, but can’t we all just get along? 

Via: PCMag

  • Jvrcb17

    It’s funny how everyone sues Apple and no one f*cks with Google, lol

  • Anonymous

    It is interesting how patent law works..and actually is the cause for these lawsuits. In order to keep a patent you are required to defend it if someone threatens it. That’s why if something even remotely similar comes out a company must bring a lawsuit. If it’s similar enough and they choose not to defend their patent they could lose it.

  • Jim McClain

    would love to know the total amount of money all thesee morons are wasting

    • Anonymous

      All of our salaries for the year x 10,000

      • Anonymous

        I could work for 16 hours a day for the rest of my life and I I don’t pay anything (even taxes) I’d probably get 1/10th of what it cost apple to sir HTC.

  • Interstellarmind

    I like how Google is literally shielded from lawsuits by Motorola, haha.

    • Jim McClain

      google owns moto

      • Anonymous

        Not yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/grayson.grouge Grayson Grouge

    It’s funny to see the big popular companies getting sued. Most likely out of jealousy but still. 

  • Chris

    I see.. When you put it that way, it makes it simple to understand…..

  • Interstellarmind

    Looks like everyone’s suing Apple? I thought Apple was the one suing everyone?

    • Anonymous

      Which is why there are arrows pointing away from apple too…

  • ddevito

    Any iSheep will tell you market share doesn’t matter – yet, Jobs wanted to destroy Android because it was a “stolen” product.

    Wrong. Android kept him up at night because THIS TIME (as opposed to 1984) Apple’s playing for keeps. They’re whole existence past 5 years moving forward relies 100% on iOS devices.

    Android’s market share explosion frightened Apple, or should I say, ruined their plans for mobile domination.

    For a company labeled to be such an innovator they sue everyone to stifle competition. Consumers lose in the end. It’s a sad state of affairs in tech right now.

    • balls

      in before ddevito posts here… oh wait nvm

  • psuturtle

    Digitude Innovations is an IP company, so to speak.  They’re a leech company that tries to go out and buy up IP/patents for as little as possible and then turn around and try to sue the big boys over infringement and/or licensing violations.  They appear to be a company that exists solely to play the lawsuit game, and make money off other people’s ideas.  Notice how there are no arrows pointing to them?  There’s a reason for that.

    • RadicalPie

      So they in fact don’t innovate anything? Thanks for answering my question.

      • psuturtle

        Most companies that innovate don’t have a link on their homepage where any joe schmoe can “submit IP” .  They certainly don’t appear to have any products.  They’re sort of like the “ambulance chaser” of the IP world.

  • EC8CH

    Everytime an arrow points a lawyer gets his Beemer.

    • RadicalPie

      What do I get?

      • EC8CH

        What’s the difference between a porcupine and a BMW?

        • RadicalPie

          Oooo… do I get a joke?!? Alright I’ll take a joke…. hmmm I dunno what’s the difference?

          • EC8CH

            porcupine’s have pricks on the outside.

        • http://facebook.com/nyvz9lyvz Jamison Harvey

          No difference. Pricks drive ‘em both.

        • http://www.scaryuncledevin.com/ Devin Rodriguez

          I dunno, but I think the punchline involves huge pricks.

        • Anonymous

          One of them is a German engineered automobile and the other is a rodent covered in quills.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.philip.rogers Jonathan Rogers

    You know we could have some beond encredible phones if we would all stop suing each other for power over a simple feature

    • Darkseider

      Apple doesn’t want beyond incredible phones that’s the whole point of these lawsuits.  Prior to the meteoric rise on Android and the incredible hardware that powers Android phones and tablets Apple was it.  With that said Apple was offering an average device and an OS that lacked features.  Then they would “UPGRADE” said unit and OS the next year minimally all the while turning an astronomical profit on run of the mill hardware with a lackluster OS.  

      In comes Android and the handset makers go bonkers!  Big screens, speed, root, unlocked boot loaders, 1 Ghz+ single core, dual core, quad core and beyond.  1 Gig RAM, 32 gig storage PLUS SD Card, HDMI out, standard USB, etc…  This turned Apple on its’ ear not only in market share but now Apple is forced to produce a product that can compete.  This is where Apple became complacent and it shows.  They can no longer innovate at the rate of 10+ handset manufacturers.  They can no longer push out small incremental OS updates due to the huge Android dev community and software partners.  This is why the lawsuits exist, so Apple’s average product can remain profitable without the need to innovate.

      • Wmsco51

        I agree

      • TC Infantino

        And lets not forget Steve Jobs and his bratty insanity towards Android.  I will make a guess that one of the things that drove him towards his irrational hatred of Android was that he knew that it would drive his iCrap into a minority niche market, just like Windows PCs did with Apple computers.

  • http://twitter.com/masroorhussain Masroor Hussain

    bad apple

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XBKPWPYFJFKPRFB77EPVEIZVZ4 m

    long live the android army!

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  • Gamecubic

    I feel like someone is going to get taken to court just for the creation of this infographic.

    • RadicalPie

      You gonna get taken to court just for saying that.

      • http://www.scaryuncledevin.com/ Devin Rodriguez

        OBJECTION!

        • RadicalPie

          Overruled

          • Nexussss

            Sustained!!

  • jbonics

    Look someones suing Google, open source there ish baby, ha ha.

  • TomS

    I find it interesting that Apple has yet to sue Google directly over android

  • RadicalPie

    “If you want a headache while looking at a info graphic and get sued at the same time, we’ve got the chart for you” Alternate title for post . PS who the hell is Digitude Innovations?

  • Nexussss

    I like Google just ignores all that crap. Better things to spend their time doing. Like build the best OS

  • QtDL

    Umm yeah. That looks about right.  ;)

  • http://twitter.com/mikesaimname michael broder

    Its embarrassing at this point.