On March 6th, BlackBerry reportedly filed a patent infringement suit against Facebook and Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Instagram under the argument that they copied technology from BlackBerry Messenger.
“Defendants created mobile messaging applications that co-opt BlackBerry’s innovations, using a number of the innovative security, user interface, and functionality enhancing features,” the suit, filed with a Los Angeles federal court, claims.
BlackBerry spokeswoman Sarah McKinney told Venture Beat that “Protecting shareholder assets and intellectual property is the job of every CEO.” This comment addresses rumours that litigation and patent infringement lawsuits are central to CEO John Chen’s business strategy. McKinney said that this was “not central to BlackBerry’s strategy.”
Facebook obviously won’t go down without a fight. The company’s Deputy General Counsel, Paul Grewal, said in a statement that, “Blackberry’s suit sadly reflects the current state of its messaging business. Having abandoned its efforts to innovate, Blackberry is now looking to tax the innovation of others.”
BlackBerry sued Nokia Corp last year for patents relating to 3G and 4G wireless communication. That case is still pending in a federal court in Delaware, according to Venture Beat. Qualcomm also agreed to pay BlackBerry $940 million over a royalty payments dispute. In October 2017, BlackBerry settled with Blu Products Inc, a Floridian low-cost mobile device manufacturer which it had sued over patents.
Source: venturebeat.com – BlackBerry sues Facebook over messaging patents
Published: March 6, 2018