Apple’s patents were used in 35272+ 102/103 type rejections

We monitored the patent publications of Apple for the past 20 years at the USPTO. Apple’s patent portfolio shows that they have their footprints in 63 different technology areas ranging from Selective Visual Display Systems to Electrical circuits and systems.

Below are the top technology areas of their interest – 

Technology AreasNumber of Applications
Selective Visual Display Systems2937
Graphic User Interface and Document Processing2503
Telecommunications: Analog Radio telephone; Equipment details1079
Computer Graphic Processing, 3D Animation, Display Color Attributes,Object Processing, Hardware & Memory1039
Multiplex and VoIP995
Electrical Circuits and Systems962

Since they have patents covering a wide array of technologies so we thought why not check which type of companies are getting blocked by these patents.

Interestingly, ~35000 rejections (102/103) were given based on Apple’s patents. Refer to the table below for more information:

Number of Blocked assignees4041
Number of publications monitored16262
Publications involved in rejections6512
Number of 102/103 rejections35272

Which assignees faced the most rejections?

The below chart shows the top 20 competitors which get maximum rejections because of Apple’s patents.

AssigneeApplications Blocked102 Rejections
Samsung 1191351
Microsoft 871204
Qualcomm681181
IBM592120
Google540130
Intel404115
Sony33593
Blackberry29289
LG33869
Samsung25656
Nokia18374
BOE Technologies18032
Canon16639
Ericsson16833
Wells Fargo Bank, National Association13049
LG Display Co14844
HTC11032
Amazon11922
Huawei13824
Hon Hai Precision Industry136 29

We used our proprietary tool BOS to track which assignees were getting blocked by Apple’s patents.

Updated on January 26, 2021

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