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BlackBerry is going after Facebook

by Brandon Russell | March 6, 2018March 6, 2018 1:30 pm EST

BlackBerry on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Facebook alleging the social media giant (along with Instagram and WhatsApp) infringed on its intellectual property. In particular, BlackBerry claims Facebook co-opted the former smartphone-maker’s mobile messaging technology, using features such as battery-efficient statues updates, integrated mobile messaging in games, and other user interface features.

According a report from Variety, BlackBerry is seeking an injunction against Facebook that would effectively shut the social network down, along with the other properties it operates. In addition, BlackBerry wants monetary damages due to Facebook’s “willful infringement.”

Here’s a statement from BlackBerry:

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. However, 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 exited the smartphone game years ago to shift its focus to software and mobile security. However, the company sold the rights to sell BlackBerry-branded devices to Chinese company TCL, so we still do see new BlackBerry phones every once and a while.

Facebook responded to BlackBerry’s suit by suggesting the company is a vulture. “Having abandoned its efforts to innovate, BlackBerry is now looking to tax the innovation of others,” said Paul Grewal, Facebook’ deputy general counsel. “We intend to fight.”


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.