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BlackBerry sues Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for mobile messaging patent infringement

By Shawn Knight ยท 5 replies
Mar 6, 2018
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  1. BlackBerry on Tuesday filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook and two of its biggest subsidiaries, Instagram and WhatsApp. The suit, first shared by Reuters, claims Facebook developed competing applications that improperly use BlackBerry’s mobile messaging patents.

    BlackBerry spokesperson Sarah McKinney told Reuters they have a strong claim that Facebook has infringed on their intellectual property and after years of dialogue, they also have an obligation to shareholders to pursue appropriate legal remedies.

    Facebook is by far the world’s largest social network with more than two billion monthly active users. WhatsApp isn’t too far behind with an estimated 1.5 billion monthly active users and Instagram enjoys north of 800 million monthly actives. Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion in April 2012 before scooping up WhatsApp for $19 billion less than two years later.

    BlackBerry was once a leader in the mobile phone industry but got a bit too comfortable with its position atop the perch. As companies like Apple, Google and Samsung set the modern smartphone revolution in motion, BlackBerry sat by idly – a move that ultimately proved to be its downfall.

    Complicating matters was BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), a proprietary mobile messaging app launched in 2006 that effectively served as an alternative to traditional SMS / MMS messaging channels. This was important as the wireless industry at the time was transitioning from metered voice minutes to a finite number of texts each month. BBM played a huge role in all of this and eventually helped push the conversation to the data allotments that govern today's mobile usage.

    BBM eventually came to Android and iOS in the summer of 2013 but by that time, standalone chat apps were already exploding in popularity.

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,312   +1,923

    Ten years too late..like everything Blackberry. I kind of hope they get a decent payday out of this because there's little question that some of their tech and concepts *were* borrowed without permission. Of course Microsoft did exactly the same thing to AOL and ICQ and nothing came of it. Meanwhile the old guard have almost lost hope of a second coming for QWERTY devices. The KEYOne was a complete letdown with ergonomics and control schemes that combined the worst aspects of Android and Blackberry. I wish Elon Musk was a keyboard fan - that's about the only way we'll see another highly usable communications tool I suspect.
    JaredTheDragon and MonsterZero like this.
  3. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 524   +372

    Patient laws are a joke... So any messaging application that uses data rather than sms/mms stole blackberry's idea?! If I draw a happy face on a piece of paper, can Walmart sue me?
    JaredTheDragon likes this.
  4. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,035   +554

    Notice how TS didn't mention the details of the patent? They're speculating over what terms BB is alleging that FB violated.

    All-in-all, it will likely just be cheaper for Facebook to just buy Blackberry, and own the patents in question, than a would-be protracted legal battle (plus any settlement or award).
    JaredTheDragon likes this.
  5. frostyshield

    frostyshield TS Booster Posts: 87   +89

    Blackberry still in business? damn guessing this is one of those last ditch efforts before they go bankrupt.
  6. Mao666

    Mao666 TS Rookie

    Nother power play by FB.? Lad needs his ears trimmed and pay his dues perhaps. FB needs to spend more time cleaning its backyard and not be such a conduit for Ruskie/Afro hacking.

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