BlackBerry Sues Social Media Apps Over Messaging Patents

BlackBerry sues social media apps Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram for allegedly copying its core concepts in mobile messaging app design.

These social media apps used the concept of its messaging app design for their benefit. According to BlackBerry, the company’s proprietary and patent-protected messaging product BlackBerry Messenger, commonly known as BBM, was a cornerstone in modern mobile communication.

The company is contending that its intellectual property has been infringed upon by Facebook. That Facebook is “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.”.

On December 2016 BlackBerry sold the rights to Chinese multinational TLC. These rights include the design, manufacture, and sale of BlackBerry branded products. This leaves BlackBerry in charge of the company’s software and mobile security products.

BlackBerry sues Facebook for infringing its patent. This patent covers displaying a count of unread messages on a notification dot.

These patents also cover cryptographic techniques to protect user privacy. It also covers the mixing of mobile gaming and mobile messaging. These patents also cover the now-obiquitous user interface elements of mobile messaging products.
Blackberry is asking for redress for the harm caused by social media apps Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram for their unlawful use of its intellectual property. The redress may include injunctive relief and monetary damages, according to the complainant.

According to the statement given to Cheddar by Facebook Deputy General Counsel Paul Grewal, “BlackBerry’s suit 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.”

This law suit of BlackBerry against the social media apps Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram may one way or the other affect their users. It may cause confusion among them and most probably instill doubts on them as to the efficiency of these social media apps’ services. Hopefully this problem will be resolved soon. And that both the complainant and the defendants of this case will be given justice. That both parties will gain from it. And that justice will be served where it is due.

Apple and Samsung calls a truce

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To the patent war outside the US, that is.

This news still comes as a big welcome however, as the world has been a witness to the never-ending infringement cases that they have been throwing at each other for years.

The two technology giants have announced in a joint statement that they are withdrawing all ongoing legal proceedings on their outstanding patent litigations outside US. Currently, both companies are locked in patent wars in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Japan, Korea, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Australia. On the other hand, all high-profile infringement cases in the US for both Apple and Samsung are still proceeding.

It can be recalled that Apple first filed a lawsuit against Samsung in 2011 for copying the features of the iPhone into their Galaxy smartphones. The South Korean giant then fired back and sued Apple for using pieces of its wireless-transmission technology without permission.

Is this a sign that there will finally be peace between these two giants? With higher demands and a tighter marketplace for smartphones, we highly think this war is far from over.

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