Patents laws, wars and trolls explained in a useful infographic

Patents laws, wars and trolls explained in a useful infographic
Oracle suing Google, Apple suing Samsung, Google suing Apple - doesn’t your head start to swirl? That’s just scratching the surface, though - this week alone we are seeing more lawsuits plague the industry with HTC now attacking Apple with patterns it bought from Google and Sprint filing against the AT&T and T-Mobile merger. Looking from a bird-eye’s view, it surely looks like a maze.

That’s why there’s nothing more needed than a fresh new infographic explaining patterns in simple terms and puting the patent wars on (virtual) paper. And the one here explains what a patent is and when one should apply for it, but it also gives some easy to grasp illustrations and summarizes some of the latest legal battles in the mobile industry. It doesn’t give every tiny detail but rather it focuses on the general picture.

Feel free to check it out on the right, but don’t hesitate to also see why we think the patent Cold War needs to end and why some patterns differ from others.



1. android_hitman unregistered

apple started this sharade... they want to sell more by eliminating the competition not fair... they realized that their products are not innovative anymore .. in fact they didn't innovated nothing since 2007

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

well, technically they werent the first ones to sue... but they are suing for a whole different reason. The rest want a piece of the profit pie from companies, and your right.. apple just wants to shut everyone else down so they can "dominate" the market again without having to innovate. Yet they blatantly steal from the competitors they sue and say are imitating them. the hypocracy is deafening.

6. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Yes, how dare Apple defends their product from Samsung who can't make a decent device to save their life.

10. G-Reg unregistered

Damn Miz, Your not goin to let anyone take your #1 troll status are you?

16. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Why, because I speak the truth that Samsung can't make their own devices without copying Apple?

12. brown_truck_81 unregistered

if Samsung "can't make a decent product to save their life" then Apple has nothing to worry about and shouldn't be suing them.

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

F U The_Miz

17. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

no thanks

3. really unregistered

Apples Iphone did nothing my windows mobile phone didnt do it before it aside from a multitouch screen. In fact the most revolutionary thing apple did was to NOT support multitasking making the user interface always fluid.

4. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

HTC bought PATTERNS? What are they, a dress company? "patterns in simple terms"? "puting"? Hello, is there an editor out there? And the word is "charade". @android_hitman - please don't try to defend Android. I'm a fan, but your writing makes people think we're all idiots. And don't blame your phone's pseudo-keyboard.

5. android_hitman unregistered

i really don't understand you man !!! what's the problem? could you please explain? i am "slower" than you

8. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

There's nothing wrong or unexpected with the so-called patent war within the mobile industry. For one, Apple introduced a major disruption (Consumer friendly touch GUI for the masses) that has materially impacted the distribution of both profits and market share within the industry. It has also disrupted well established cross licensing paradigms amongst industry players. Clearly the incumbents, as well as profitable entrants, are jockeying hard to reset IP fences by posturing in and out of court. Makes for great news copy, but it should come as no surprise. As an aside, it is impressive how profitable Apple has become considering how relatively little money it spends on R&D and given the relatively small size of its IP portfolio. No surprise that both Google and Apple are becoming more proactive in acquiring IP to bolster defenses against incumbents like MS and Nokia, whose combined portfolio dwarfs the rest of the industry. Apple has chosen to make nice with Nokia of late...hence the huge cross licensing deal last quarter.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The only reason Apple chose to make nice on Nokia is because Nokia could have put a world of hurt on Apple with it's patent portfolio. There is probably a similar licensing agreement in place with MS.

11. waveydavey unregistered

OK guys, the back and forth bashing of Apple/Android is getting a little absurd. Maybe instead of outright denying any benefits of the competition, we realize that both types of devices have perks, and creative/innovative people driving their success. Everybody's suing in the current techonological environment, and no one company is innocent.

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I agree

14. BigEaze22

Posts: 25; Member since: May 17, 2011

for once, im with taco on this. thumbs up to you waveydavey, and even you too taco

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