BLACKBERRY SUES FACEBOOK, WHATSAPP, AND INSTAGRAM
Blackberry has decided to take legal actions against Facebook, it’s Instagram photo-sharing app and WhatsApp messaging service.
“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,” BlackBerry said.
Whatsapp picked up the idea. Could that be an offense?
BlackBerry claims in the lawsuit that the social media companies developed messaging applications that “co-opt BlackBerry’s innovations” by using patented features touching on security, the user interface, and battery life.
“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,” a spokesperson for BlackBerry said in a statement provided to CNN.
In December 2016, BlackBerry sold the rights to design, manufacture, and sell BlackBerry-branded phones to Chinese multinational TCL. Leaving BlackBerryLimited in charge of the company’s software and mobile security products.
The company is now contending that its intellectual property has been infringed upon by Facebook’s “using a number of the innovative security, user interface, and functionality enhancing features that made BlackBerry’s products such a critical and commercial success.
BlackBerry is seeking unspecified monetary damages. It also appears to be seeking a partnership.
One of the core services is BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), a secure way to exchange text and images and an early competitor to the likes of WhatsApp. BBM was.