BlackBerry Makes Top 100 Innovators List

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“Smartphone Patent Wars Drive New Innovation

The intense competition in the smartphone space is on clear display in this year’s Top 100 Global Innovators list, with the major players in the smartphone patent wars present: Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Google and BlackBerry. This is the first year for BlackBerry on the Top 100 Innovators list, driven by a 38 percent surge in patent filings between 2010 and 2011, and 17 percent growth in patent filings between 2011 and 2012.  The rapid expansion of the company’s patent portfolio is certain to be a factor in BlackBerry’s recently-announced plans to pursue strategic alternatives, including a possible sale.”

Perhaps this “Death of BlackBerry” scenario is exaggerated hype from poorly researched reports!Misinformation comes from many sources.

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Thomson Reuters Names the World’s Top 100 Most Innovative Organizations for 2013

“Top 100 Innovators generated $4.5 trillion in revenue, spent $223 billion on R&D, added more than 266,000 jobs and outperformed S&P 500 again – this year by over 4 percent in annual stock price gains, 2 percent in revenue growth and 8.8 percent in R&D”

By Thomson Reuters
Published: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 – 9:15 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 – 9:20 pm
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — Over the past two years, Thomson Reuters has shown how patent activity is a proxy for innovation through its Top 100 Global Innovators program. Today, the IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, announced its 2013 Top 100 Global Innovators list. This honors the 100 corporations and institutions around the world that are at the heart of innovation as measured by a series of proprietary patent-related metrics. The full report is available at:

http://www.top100innovators.com.

The 100 organizations in the 2013 study outperformed the S&P 500 for the third consecutive year, by 4 percent in annual stock price growth and 2 percent in market cap weighted revenue growth. Collectively they generated $4.5 trillion in revenue, nearly twice the GDP of the United Kingdom. The Top Innovators also added 266,152 new jobs over the last year, a rate that was 0.81 percent higher than the new job creation rate among constituents of the S&P 500. This year’s winners also outspent the S&P 500 by 8.8 percent on R&D; collectively they invested $223 billion in their research and development efforts.

“Now in its third year, the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators study provides further evidence that innovative organizations– those that secure global patent protection for their intellectual property, continue to push the envelope with new technologies and invest more in R&D – are those that outperform the S&P 500 on virtually every measure of business success. Since inception, the Top 100 have consistently seen increases in annual revenue greater than those of the S&P index,” said David Brown, managing director, Thomson Reuters IP Solutions. “These are the companies that are driving growth, creating jobs and pioneering new products and services; we are honored to recognize their efforts through this annual program.”

The Thomson Reuters 2013 Top 100 Global Innovators, in alphabetical order, are:

 

3M Company L’Oréal
ABB LSI Corporation
Abbott Laboratories LSIS
Advanced Micro Devices Marvell
Air Products Michelin
Alcatel-Lucent Micron
Altera Microsoft
Analog Devices Mitsubishi Electric
Apple Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Arkema NEC
Asahi Glass NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd.
AT&T Nike
Avaya Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal
BlackBerry Nissan Motor Company
Boeing Nitto Denko
Brother Industries NTT
Canon Olympus
Chevron Omron
CNRS, The French National Center for Scientific Research Oracle
Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique Panasonic
Corning Philips
Covidien Procter & Gamble
Delphi Qualcomm
Dow Chemical Company Roche
DuPont Safran
Eaton Corporation Saint-Gobain
Emerson Samsung Electronics
Ericsson SanDisk
European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company Sandvik
Exxon Mobil Seagate
Ford Seiko Epson
Fraunhofer Semiconductor Energy Laboratory
Freescale Semiconductor Sharp
FUJIFILM Shin-Etsu Chemical
Fujitsu Siemens
General Electric Sony
Goodyear Tire & Rubber STMicroelectronics
Google Sumitomo Electric
Hewlett-Packard Symantec
Hitachi TDK
Honda Motor Company TE Connectivity
Honeywell International Texas Instruments
IBM Thales
IFP Energies Nouvelles Toshiba
Infineon Technologies Toyota Motor Corporation
Intel TSMC
Jatco United Technologies
Johnson & Johnson Valeo
LG Electronics Xerox
Lockheed Martin Xilinx
Smartphone Patent Wars Drive New Innovation

The intense competition in the smartphone space is on clear display in this year’s Top 100 Global Innovators list, with the major players in the smartphone patent wars present: Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Google and BlackBerry. This is the first year for BlackBerry on the Top 100 Innovators list, driven by a 38 percent surge in patent filings between 2010 and 2011, and 17 percent growth in patent filings between 2011 and 2012.  The rapid expansion of the company’s patent portfolio is certain to be a factor in BlackBerry’s recently-announced plans to pursue strategic alternatives, including a possible sale.

Increased R&D Spending Results in Increased Innovation

The surge in R&D spending among Top 100 Global Innovators is also noteworthy.  With the 100 organizations in the study spending U.S. $223.2 billion on R&D in 2012, the group outspent the S&P 500 by over 8.8 percent on R&D last year. Additionally, the Top 100 spend 5 percent of revenue on R&D, whereas the S&P 500 spend just 2.1 percent of revenue in this area.  “The fruits of rigorous R&D are clear-cut in the results of our study: those companies that spend more on R&D, yield more patents, and more innovative solutions,” said Brown.

Pharma Breaks into Top 100

The Top 100 methodology, by virtue of its criteria, favors fast-moving, hyper-competitive industries such as semiconductors/electronic components and computer hardware, where product lifecycles are short and advancements in technology are demanded by users. This has historically impacted the inclusion of pharmaceutical firms, which tend to have longer R&D cycles, in the list.  Despite this, Abbott Laboratories and Johnson & Johnson broke into the Top 100 list this year, by virtue of their strong global patent portfolios.  Roche also made this year’s list for the third year in a row.

Regional Hot Spots of Innovation

North America continued to lead in the number of organizations it has on the list, with 46 this year, comprising 45 from the U.S. and one from Canada. Asia had the next highest, with 32, comprising 28 from Japan, 3 from South Korea and 1 from Taiwan. Europe contributed 22 honorees, with the largest representation coming from France (12) and Switzerland (4).   Mainland China is once again notably absent from this year’s list of Top 100 Global Innovators.  Despite the fact that China leads the world in patent volume, the majority of patents filed in the country are only filed domestically, which limits the region’s global influence in the Top 100 Global Innovators study.

Industry Breakout

The semiconductor and electronic components industry continued to lead in 2013, with 23 representative companies, a 28 percent increase over the previous year. Semiconductor representation has increased by 64 percent since the program’s inception, when there were just 14 semiconductor companies on the list. Computer hardware was the next most prolific industry, with 11 companies. The auto industry contributed 8 companies to the Top 100 list, up from 7 last year; new to the list is Nissan. Automotive representation has grown by 167 percent since the beginning of the Top 100 analysis when there were only 3 automotive companies present.  The telecom and industrial industries each contributed 7 companies to the Top 100 group this year.

Methodology The Thomson Reuters 2013 Top 100 Global Innovator methodology is based on four principle criteria: overall patent volume, patent grant success rate, global reach of the portfolio and patent influence as evidenced by citations. The peer-reviewed methodology was executed using Thomson Reuters Derwent World Patents Index® (DWPI), Derwent Patents Citations Index™, Quadrilateral Patent Index™, and Thomson Innovation®, its IP and intelligence collaboration platform. Comparative financial analysis was done using the Thomson Reuters Advanced Analytics for Deal-Making platform.

For more information on the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovator program and to download the full report, go to http://www.top100innovators.com.

Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.  We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs more than 60,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. For more information, go to http://www.thomsonreuters.com.

SOURCE Thomson Reuters

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BBRY Stock Moving Up Again After two Days of Declines

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by Fernando Commodari, Ph.D.

March 26, 2013; 13:00 EST

BlackBerry (BBRY) shares picked up more than 1% to $14.38 after two days of losses following the U.S. launch of its Z10 . In an early note, Bernstein Research predicted a strong earnings report from the company on Thursday.  The new media deal with Viacom and Univision may be prompting the rise, along with the in-store release of the BlackBerry Z10 at T-Mobile.

“We expect gross margins 7 points ahead of consensus expectations, as Blackberry 10 units enter the mix and high margin service fees persist,” analyst Pierre Ferragu wrote in his note. “On that basis, we expect the stock to respond favorably to the quarter’s reporting.”

Yesterday:

Jefferies and Nomura Go Head to Head on CNBC

(I am long on BBRY; no comments on the Stock Market or specific stocks on this site are to be taken as advice for buying/selling any stock!)

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T-Mobile General USA Roll out of New BlackBerry Z10–week of March 18, 2013

(12:29 EST)

We know that TMO will start selling the new BlackBerry Z10 to its business customers this coming Monday, March 11, 2013.  Based on unofficial conversations, we anticipate TMO rolling the phone out to the general USA public/in market stores the week of March 18, 2013.  This would be in line with TMO’s desire to go to market first with the Z10, ahead of AT&T and Verizon.  Retail Sales Associates had access to the on-line  training portal and were required to start and complete Z10/OS 10 training as of two weeks ago.  Thus, TMO is ready to go in-store with the Z10, apparently,  having cleared final certifications ahead of the other USA carriers.  With the business sales on March 11, 2013, TMO will be the first to go “in store” with the Z10, even ahead of AT&T’s alleged March 15, 2013 availability.

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Interest In BlackBerry 10 By Country Shows USA is Up Top-In Top Five

Interest In BlackBerry 10 By Country Shows USA is Up Top-In Top Five

by Fernando Commodari, Ph.D.

Recently, I wrote about:

Indications That BlackBerry Will Do Well in The USA With OS 10

I’d like to provide an update, as our hits of (near 1000) people interested in side-loading android apps on the BB10 devices have reached twice the level of the last such post (above link).  Thus, the findings of these 1000 people showing interest in BB10 are more significant.  As the map below shows, Canada tops the list with the USA, UK, India, UAE, Germany, Thailland, Indonesia, France, Malaysia, Spain, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Russian Federation, SA, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, The Netherlands, Turkey, Colombia, Argentina and other countries then following.  What I find interesting, is that the USA is right behind Canada, while being the only country of the top 10 where BlackBerry Z10 phones have yet to be in-store. The population of the USA is 10x that of Canada, so in terms of actual numbers, we might expect 10x more Americans will purchase Z10 devices. With all the relentless negative press and the uncertainty in BlackBerry’s marketing prowess and carrier commitments to selling the devices in-store, I would not expect to see this actual scaling.  There is interest in the Z10 and OS 10 products in the USA, as we can clearly see from the figures below, of (near 1000) people interested in side-loading android apps. I would expect the turnover from iOS, and Android devices to likely be the same in the USA as in the UK/Canada, on a percentage basis, even if the percent of the USA population actually purchasing Z10 phones who buy cell phones might be less predictable, yet with substantial in-store/retail purchases in the USA.

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Indications That BlackBerry Will Do Well in The USA With OS 10

by Fernando Commodari, Ph.D.

Today, in one short month, we hit 1000 plus views on our site (1000th hit at about noon EST). Thank you for your readership!  Of the people coming to this site, which seems to attract an international audience, as many Americans as Canadians are viewing the blog. Most of these views, by both nationals, in the “BlackBerry” Category, are on how to side load Android applications.  Considering that the Z10 has not yet gone to market in the USA, I find this to be representative of a keen interest for the product in the USA which should translate into sales.  If the trends seen in the UK and Canada carry over in the USA market, then we can expect significant “cross-over” from former IOS and Android users, in addition to loyal BlackBerry followers.

The Z10  is expected to be launched by T-Mobile to its business clients by mid March, and soon thereafter to the general consumer market.  AT&T and Verizon should be coming to market within a similar time frame with the Z10.

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