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BlackBerry files patent infringement suit against Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp

 
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03/06/2018 02:23 PM
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BlackBerry files patent infringement suit against Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp
Facebook owns both Instagram, a photo and video sharing app, and WhatsApp, which is a messaging and voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) service.

In its 117-page court filing, BlackBerry claims the three companies named in the suit have developed applications that improperly use BlackBerry's mobile messaging intellectual property.

The suit claims the defendants "created mobile messaging applications that co-opt BlackBerry's innovations, 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."

The claims in the suit have not been tested in court. BlackBerry has requested the case be heard by a jury.

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03/06/2018 02:58 PM
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Re: BlackBerry files patent infringement suit against Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp
As much as I can't stand Facebook, Blackberry looks like shit here.

Blackberry OS has failed and the company no longer make phones. They just rebrand Chinese phones and release them as Blackberry phones now.

BBM was released for other phone OS's way too late and Blackberry lost all the messaging market they once ruled over.

But... Like they say, If you can't compete against them, just sue them and hope for the best. I'm actually surprised they're suing in the US as opposed to in Canada where I'm pretty sure the results would be a bit more favorable for the Canadian company.
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03/06/2018 03:00 PM
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Re: BlackBerry files patent infringement suit against Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp
As much as I can't stand Facebook, Blackberry looks like shit here.

Blackberry OS has failed and the company no longer make phones. They just rebrand Chinese phones and release them as Blackberry phones now.

BBM was released for other phone OS's way too late and Blackberry lost all the messaging market they once ruled over.

But... Like they say, If you can't compete against them, just sue them and hope for the best. I'm actually surprised they're suing in the US as opposed to in Canada where I'm pretty sure the results would be a bit more favorable for the Canadian company.
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is it not possible they were ripped off though?
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03/06/2018 03:10 PM
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Re: BlackBerry files patent infringement suit against Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp
is it not possible they were ripped off though?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 76330885


Of course it's possible. I just think it's unlikely that Blackberry would have waited this long to bring it up. Facebook's messaging and WhatsApp have been around forever.

I guess it just doesn't look good as like I said, Blackberry is currently seen as a failing company soon to be dead and the lawsuit seems like an act of desperation.

But if they're right, by all means, get everything you can out of Facebook and force them to license the technology.





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