The Patent Cold War, Visualized

It's one thing to say that everybody is suing everybody over mobile patents. It's another entirely when you actually see the battle lines all drawn out for you, as Thomson Reuters has so painstakingly done here. Full melee below:

The Patent Cold War, Visualized

What's maybe most striking about this overdue (and more readable) update to a similar NY Times infographic from March 2010 is how little has been resolved since then—and how much more has been initiated.

The simplest way to read it: each one of those red and blue lines represents an arrow straight to the heart of innovation. And these companies' quivers, apparently, are still very full. [ThomsonReuters]