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Monday, October 18, 2010

Who’s Suing Whom In The Telecoms Trade?

Who’s Suing Whom In The Telecoms Trade?: "

Who's Suing Whom in the Telecom's Trade

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Hangbags away boys! Who’s suing whom in the telecoms trade?

Based on these diagrams from Guardian Tech and the NY Times.

I thought those charts generated more questions than they answered. So, as ever, I tried to answer the obvious questions and convey various contexts simultaneously.

I wondered, too, if I could design the connections so the lines didn’t cross. Almost managed it!

And see if there was a relationship between dropping revenues and litigiousness. What do you think? Is there?


UPDATE 9th Oct - New data and corrections. RIM is not suing Sharp. Motorola is suing Apple over 18 patent infringements. Sony Ericsson’s revenue resized (we mistakenly used Sony’s revenue). Thanks all for corrects and new info.

UPDATE 12th Oct - Nokia and Qualcomm’s suits were all settled in 2008 (we had one still graphicked as unsettled). Thanks to um, Nokia for that correction.

Research & design: David McCandless Additional research: James Key

Idea: Guardian Tech, NY Times

Sources: BBC,, Bloomberg and other news outlets

Data: In this Google Doc


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