Facebook sued by Blackberry over patent infringement

12 March, 2018, 21:28 | Author: Sammy Rose
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BlackBerry Ltd.is taking Facebook Inc. and its WhatsApp and Instagram subsidiaries to court in California, alleging they've infringed on several USA patents owned by the Canadian company.

In an email sent by a BlackBerry spokesperson to the publication, the company is claiming that Facebook used its technology to create its messaging app without asking for permission from the smartphone maker.

The Verge notes a "sprawling" 117-page complaint filed Tuesday for patent infringement, alleging that hallmark innovations of BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM-including cryptographic security features, user interface enhancements such as message notifications and photo tagging, and gaming/messaging efficiencies-somehow found their way into the hands of the defendants, which the suit calls "relative latecomers to the mobile messenging world".

According to Paul Grewal Deputy General Counsel at Facebook, the company is also planning to fight back by filing a lawsuit. Blackberry is also accused of relaxing its innovative efforts and search to rip where it has not labored. "We intend to fight".

The company also says that Facebook is using its IP in a number of its products, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram.

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Facebook has copied numerous competitor products in the past, from Foursquare check-ins to Snapchat facial features and Stories.

But that might be what BlackBerry is looking for here.

In February past year, BlackBerry sued Nokia Corporation for alleged infringement of patent regarding a 3G and 4G wireless communications technology. The litigation over the patent infringement is in line with the CEO John Chen's strategy to secure the lost shareholder assets and the firm's intellectual property as Sarah McKinney the spokeswoman stated.

"We have a lot of respect for Facebook and the value they've placed on messaging capabilities, some of which were invented by BlackBerry", the once-powerful phone pioneer was quoted as saying. As a cybersecurity and embedded software leader, BlackBerry's view is that Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp could make great partners in our drive toward a securely connected future, and we continue to hold this door open to them.

She also said the company has an obligation to its shareholders to pursue appropriate legal remedies and that the lawsuit followed years of negotiation.


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