A good friend of mine is a patent lawyer and every time we talk the conversation somehow slips to the Mobile Patent War. It seems like the cool new thing to do in the mobile industry is “if you can’t beat them, SUE THEM!”
The Guardian decided to create a chart of who’s suing who in the mobile industry and RIM does not seem to have as many lawsuits as I thought… Still you have to admit this is getting a bit out of hand. This chart does not even include the patent trolls which would make it even larger. The design language team did a nice revision of the chart which makes it easier to visualize:
I guess it has come to the point that if you aren’t suing somebody you just aren’t doing things right? Personally I think there should be wholesale copying where innovation is mimicked in every platform without an artificial limitations on innovation.