Monday, 24 September, 2018

BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram for patent infringement

BlackBerry is suing Facebook for isolating messaging patents BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram for patent infringement
Theresa Hayes | 07 March, 2018, 10:25

BlackBerry claims that it had patented concepts - from design to technology - in mobile messaging which Facebook and Facebook-owned apps have aped in subsequent years.

BlackBerry Limited, the now very-reduced Canadian business enterprise software company is taking Facebook and its subsidiaries, WhatsApp and Instagram, to court in a case where BlackBerry alleges Facebook (and its subsidiaries) infringe on its messaging app patents.

The claims come after Blackberry has increased efforts to make money from its more than 40,000 patents.

CP24 reported that BlackBerry issued a statement on Tuesday stating that it had attempted to resolve the dispute with Facebook through dialogue, but that it is now pursuing legal action in an attempt to appease shareholders. Particularly in the United Kingdom, where you may remember it was considered the tool of choice for rioters communicating during London's unrest in 2011. BBM originated at a time when carriers were still charging customers on a per-message basis, or bundled text messages into expensive packs (i.e. 200 messages for $3.99 per month). And while WhatsApp improved constantly, Blackberry Messenger, well, didn't. There are hundreds of messaging apps to choose from and BlackBerry is not happy about a few of them.

Patent 8,209,634 covers the concept of using icons with numeric badges to signal the arrival of new messages.

Read the lawsuit here.

The Canadian company was in the smartphone business before selling the rights to that piece of its business to Chinese multinational TCL.

But the company waited years before opening BBM up to phones running Apple Inc. or Alphabet Inc. operating systems, and as those companies took over the smartphone market, BBM's popularity faded along with BlackBerry's devices.

BlackBerry claims its patents cover cryptographic techniques created to protect user privacy by encrypting communications between users, the integration of mobile games into messaging services, and user interface elements such as notification bubbles, message timestamps and the ability to tag people in photos.