Jan 3, 2012

Blackberry basic patent - Overview of patents of Research in Motion

Today when I looked at my blinking blackberry i thought it must be telling me something, probably telling me to give it a post it deserves.

BlackBerry mobile communication device was created by Research in Motion (RIM) of Waterloo, Ontario. RIM was founded in 1984 by two engineering students, one each from the Universities of Waterloo and of Windsor.

So in this post we will identify the first patent of the first model developed by RIM. Also we would try to identify the innovation process starting from the basic patent.


In 1998, RIM produced a wireless handheld called the RIM 950 which handled e-mail, contacts, and calendaring with a built-in QWERTY keyboard.
Patent number: US6278442
Filing date: 29 Jun 1998
Issue date: 21 Aug 2001

They seem to be a truly innovating company that is clear from the early patents they filed
Multiple input mode thumbwheel
Patent number: 6842169
Filing date: 19 Oct 2001
Issue date: 11 Jan 2005

In most of the early patents their focus has been on the arrangement of keys


In 1999, the Blackberry wireless e-mail device, the BlackBerry 5790, was revealed along with the Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) for Microsoft Exchange.
Patent number: USD433460
Filing date: 5 Aug 1999
Issue date: 7 Nov 2000

New content updated in the mailbox was “pushed” out to the BlackBerry keeping the user updated. This was the single thing that made BB dominate smartphones in the feild of Pushmail.
Patent number: US6463464
Filing date: 17 Mar 2000
Issue date: 8 Oct 2002
System and method for pushing information from a host system to a mobile data communication device upon sensing a triggering event is disclosed.


Blackberry also dominated the market for its Blackberry messenger or BBM

System and method of wireless instant messaging US7379732
Filing date: 22 Sep 2003
Issue date: 27 May 2008

There are also some intersting patents such as
1. For Icons

Patent number: USD445428
Filing date: 5 Apr 2000
Issue date: 24 Jul 2001
2. For abbreviating and compacting a HTML page so that it can be viewed
Patent number: US7302637
Filing date: 24 Jul 2000
Issue date: 27 Nov 2007

RIM has recent patents on
Device with DTMF keypad (normal mobile keypad) US7986301

Schedulable Email filter US20110270938A1

Call forwarding interface US20110269440A1
and many more..
It is clear that RIM takes patenting very seriously
It has patents covering the minutest details of its products and technology, as well as new developments. Such as Automatic gain control system, antenna, protective case ...
We can consider RIM as an example of a innovating company focussing tremendously on Intellectual property