“Somehow this passed us by: Information is Beautiful has a wonderful visualization of the current state of telecommunications court cases. It’s actually a little out of date now — Apple is now countersuing Motorola — but otherwise the data is mostly up-to-date. The full image is after the break.”
This is well worth a few minutes of your time. Sebastian Anthony over at the DownloadSquad noticed a very interesting posting on the Information is Beautiful website. It presents a compilation of some information found in diagrams from the NY Times and the Guardian. The compilation shows mobile phone and other industry competitors and the lawsuits being waged between them. It’s a fascinating compilation, and, in my mind, highlights just how crazy (or justified, depending on your point of view) some of these cases are. As you can see, the diagram also indicates the nature of the suit, whether or not it is in process, the relative size of the suit and, of course, who’s suing who. Look carefully and you will see that Kodak is suing Sony Ericsson over the creation of electronic cameras that store images digitally. Elan is suing Apple of touch screen patents, and Nokia is suing Hitachi over LCD price fixing. It makes you wonder “what will actually happen when some of these case get resolved?”.