Thursday, June 30, 2011

Visualization of the worldwide patent war between Apple and Samsung: 8 courts in 6 countries on 3 continents

[battlemap updated with Samsung's new counterclaims in California]

I previously reported on Samsung's latest complaints against Apple (with the ITC, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, the High Court of England and Wales, and an unknown Italian court).

I have updated my battlemap that shows the two litigants and -- in the middle -- the eight courts in which they are embroiled in lawsuits. Those eight courts are based in six different countries (United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea) on three continents (North America, Europe, Asia). The battlelines:


Full-screen mode is recommended for viewing. You can view it in full-screen mode by clicking on the screen icon in the icon bar above, or on by clicking on the link above the graphic. From Scribd you can also download it as a PDF.

This isn't just one page. You can flip through the pages to see a slideshow of how this dispute has escalated since Apple's original lawsuit in Northern California. And after that, there are six pages of reference lists.

I have produced such visualizations for other major smartphone patent disputes as well. You can find them all in a Scribd folder.

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