Friday, March 9, 2018

Blackberry is Suing Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram...

Picture this: it's 2009 and you have your very functional Blackberry in hand because you didn't want the didn't have a keyboard. In those days, BlackBerry Limited had a global smartphone market share of 20% and life was simpler.

Fast forward a few years and Blackberry has dissolved into oblivion and irrelevance with a global market share of 0%. Now, after all this time, Blackberry Limited (which only owns the software behind BlackBerry and no longer the phones themselves) is filing a lawsuit against Facebook for infringing on its messaging app patents in a 117 page complaint which covers message encryption, battery and message notifications, and combining messaging with gaming.

In a nutshell, Blackberry said they were the first to come to market with a mobile messaging app and every other application that followed it essentially stole their patented technology. They're seeking damages from Facebook for lost profits associated with four of their patents. 

According to Blackberry, Facebook's messaging subsidiaries of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram infringed on Blackberry's intellectual property by "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."
Paul Grewal from Facebook said in a statement that "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."
We at The Silicon Valley Journal see this suit in the same light as Facebook. It's sad that Blackberry is bending over backwards at this point in an attempt to pick up pennies.

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