BlackBerry Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Facebook for Violating Messaging Patents


A report published by Reuters stating that BlackBerry has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook (Whatsapp and Instagram) in the Los Angeles Courts.

BlackBerry is suing Facebook over the patents it holds on the technology of BlackBerry Messenger. If you think about BlackBerry Messenger was the first mobile messaging platform to ever hit smartphones.

“We have a strong claim that Facebook has infringed on our intellectual property, and after several years of dialogue, we also have an obligation to our shareholders to pursue appropriate legal remedies,” BlackBerry spokeswoman Sarah McKinney said in a statement.

BlackBerry believes that Facebook used and benefited from using many of the patents behind BlackBerry Messenger. I have always wondered why BlackBerry hasn’t been going after messaging apps such as WhatsApp for using technology such as the Delivered and Read receipt that BBM first pioneered.

Facebook did finally comment on the court case with the following statement.

Facebook Deputy General Counsel Paul Grewal. “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. We intend to fight.”

It will be very interesting to see how this case plays out in the courts and I hope BlackBerry comes out a winner!  You can read the court case below for full details.

Read the BlackBerry vs Facebook Patent Infringement Court Case

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