Among the companies listed with involvement in smartphones are Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Google and BlackBerry. This is the first year on the list for the otherwise beleaguered BlackBerry. The Canadian manufacturer saw the number of patents it filed grow 38% between 2010 and 2011 and 17% between 2011 and 2012. The company's patent portfolio is said to be one of the things that potential buyers of the company are looking at. As you know by now, the company has agreed to be bought out by Fairfax Financial for $4.7 billion although we are now hearing that non-financial firms like Cisco, Samsung, LG and SAP are looking at making a bid for the company.
Other firms with an involvement in mobile include Japan's Sony, Intel, Corning, Qualcomm and Marvell.