Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC, submitted by tupp
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It might be a cliche, but sometimes, a picture says more than a thousand words. Over the years, I've often talked about how the technology world is iterative, about how products are virtually always built upon that which came before, about how almost always, multiple people independently arrive at the same products since they work within the same constraints of the current state of technology. This elementary aspect of the technology world, which some would rather forget, has been illustrated very, very well in one of Samsung's legal filings against Apple.
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RE[5]: Orfanum has it right
by Alfman on Tue 31st Jul 2012 15:58 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Orfanum has it right"
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"From the chart you posted I dont see Google suing anyone."

Yep, it's humorous that the poster would say something that disagrees with the evidence he provided, but he probably meant to illustrate the chaos rather than make a literal statement.

Arguably google entered the game so late that it lacks the portfolio needed to mount a successful attack, but I won't read into it that way - they appear to genuinely believe that it is wrong to use patents offensively.

A piece of information that is missing on the chart is timeframe, and whether lawsuits were filed in response to an attack from the other party. That might show a much better view of who the aggressors and defenders are. We already know where apple lies, but some of the other companies I'm not so sure.

Edited 2012-07-31 16:03 UTC

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