155 assignees abandoned applications right after a 102 type rejection based on Blackberry’s patents

While analyzing the monetization potential of Blackberry’s portfolio we found that 2100+ assignees were given rejections based on their patents. But a question that was bugging our mind was how many of these rejections were actually 102 rejections (where identified prior art matches each and every element of a patent application’s claim). 

With this question in mind, we wanted to understand which competitors of Blackberry were working on similar technologies and which of them were actually getting blocked by them.

To get the required answers we took help from our proprietary tool BOS and found that a total of 561 assignees were given 102 rejections based on Blackberry’s patents.

The table below provides a list of the top 10 assignees who got the most number of 102 rejections based on Blackberry’s patents.

AssigneeNumber of 102 RejectionsApplications blocked by 102 rejection
Samsung185138
Qualcomm143103
Microsoft9881
Ericsson8563
LG Electronics7464
Apple6557
IBM5647
Google5548
Nokia4434
Sony4035

Which assignees abandoned their applications right after a 102 rejection?

It would be interesting to see which assignees/competitors abandoned their applications right after a 102 rejection was given.

Again, BOS came in handy here. It showed that a total of 155 assignees abandoned their applications right after 102 rejection was given to them.

The below chart provides the list of the top 10 assignees that abandoned their applications right after a 102 rejection was given to them based on Blackberry’s patents – 

AssigneeApplications abandoned after 102 rejection
Qualcomm8
Samsung Electronics8
Microsoft8
Avago Technologies General IP Singapore6
NTT Docomo6
Ericsson6
Toshiba5
Hon Hai Precision Industry5
Nokia5
Apple5

Following are the technology centers which got most rejections based on Blackberry’s patents –

AssigneeTechnology centers which got most Rejections
Qualcomm1. Multiplex and VoIP
2. Telecommunications: Analog Radio telephone; Equipment details
Samsung Electronics1. Multiplex and VoIP
2. Computer Networks
3. Memory Access and Control
4. Selective Visual Display Systems
Microsoft1. Inter process Communication and Software Development
2. Databases & File Management
3. Graphical User Interface and Document Processing

The above analysis is sourced from our tool, BOS. Some of our clients use it to identify IP monetization or licensing opportunities.

Updated on January 26, 2021

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