BlackBerry takes Facebook and WhatsApp to court

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BlackBerry has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg-owned social networking site Facebook and its children- WhatsApp and Instagram for aping features and technologies from its BlackBerry Messenger.

BlackBerry spokesperson, Sarah McKinney said, “Defendants created mobile messaging applications that co-opt BlackBerry’s innovations, using a number of the innovative security, user interface, and functionality enhancing features.

According to a report by Reuters, BlackBerry intends to extract money in the form of licensing royalties from other companies to use its over 40,000 global patents on technology including operating systems, networking infrastructure, acoustics, messaging, automotive subsystems, and cybersecurity.

Facebook plans to fight the lawsuit filed by the BlackBerry. Facebook Deputy General Counsel, Paul Grewal said in a statement, “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.

For those who don’t know, this is not BlackBerry’s first to in an infringement case. In 2017, BlackBerry extracted $940 million from Qualcomm Inc over royalty payments. In February, last year, BlackBerry filed a lawsuit against Nokia over breach of 3G and 4G wireless communication technology.

Additionally, BlackBerry has settled a patent infringement case with Blu products Inc in October 2017.

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