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Blackberry on Lawsuit Spree – Targets Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram for Patent Violations


(Last Updated On: March 8, 2018 10:48 am)

Blackberry wants Facebook to pay for allegedly using the patented messaging technology that belongs to Blackberry. Blackberry, which left the hardware business in 2016, owns innumerable patents for some of the best software, which includes some very basic features of online messaging.

Blackberry has allegedly filed a lawsuit against Facebook on seven patents, which includes features on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook.

Blackberry lawsuit claims that Facebook “created mobile messaging applications that coopt BlackBerry’s innovations, using a number of the innovative security, user interface, and functionality-enhancing features that made BlackBerry’s products such a critical and commercial success in the first place.”

According to the claims made by Blackberry, if Facebook is asked to stop using these patents due to infringement, it could be possible that either Facebook will have to completely change its algorithm and user interface or will have to shut down these apps.

However, it is seen in the past that big companies, when they start to lose their lead, begin to file lawsuits on the basis of patent infringement. A similar call was made when Yahoo sued Facebook in the year 2012 and Nokia sued Apple in 2016 for patent infringement.

Blackberry, one of the leading technology firms, seems to be on a campaign to sue other companies. Last year, Blackberry filed a lawsuit against a lesser-known android phone manufacturer, BYU. However, this time Facebook is on the list of Blackberry, which seems more attractive company to aim.

Things might not go too far where these apps have to be shut down. It is witnessed in the past cases that the court either settles with the capital rewards or there is a mutual consent. If sources are to be believed, Facebook is in no mood to compromise and is all set to fight against the lawsuit.

Facebook can prove some of the patents to be invalid and can bring patents to counter-sue Blackberry. On the other hand, Facebook might sign a legal licensing agreement with Blackberry, just like it happened in the case of Yahoo and Facebook. But it seems that confident Facebook not giving much leeway to Blackberry as it is empirically clear that courts in the US nowadays are more than willing to entertain such cases.

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