RIM's Patent Portfolio Scores High in New Global Ranking
OTTAWA (Globe and Mail)--Research In Motion Ltd. (BBRY, RIM.T) may have fallen badly behind in the smartphone race, but it remains a global innovation leader. The BlackBerry maker is in elite company based on the quantity and quality of its patents, according to a new ranking by Intellectual Asset Management, a British trade publication. RIM is one of just 14 organizations that hold at least 3,400 U.S. patents, makes new applications at a minimum 13% annual rate and owns the most coveted intellectual property. RIM introduced its long-delayed BlackBerry 10 devices last week to generally positive reviews as it bids to regain some of its lost dominance in the smartphone market. "BlackBerry's technical prowess is evident from the list," said Alan Fisch, an IP lawyer with Fisch Hoffman Sigler LLP in Washington. "Its patent portfolio represents a substantial commercial asset." The magazine described these "select few" as the owners of the "largest, fastest-growing and industry-recognized patent portfolios in the U.S."