BlackBerry is suing Facebook for infringing its messaging patents on WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram. It should be mentioned that this demand comes from BlackBerry, the Canadian company, and not TCL, who currently has the rights to the brand to manufacture its smartphones.
Well, the lawsuit against Facebook is for infringing “BlackBerry mobile messaging intelligence,” which has allegedly been used improperly on platforms owned by Mark Zuckerberg, such as Facebook Messenger, Instagram and of course WhatsApp.
Zuckerberg took advantage of BlackBerry, according to BlackBerry
The suit has been filed in a Federal Court in Los Angeles, where the Canadians claim that after several years of dialogue with Facebook, the company has refused to collaborate with them even though they use a technology that was born and developed for BlackBerry Messenger or BBM.
The lawsuit points to patents such as “improved security”, “improvements in the interface”, “mix of mobile games and messaging”, “efficient use of the battery for mobile devices” as well as “compatibility with various platforms”.
According to BlackBerry, they have been leaders in mobile communication for 30 years, and have invested large sums of money in research and development, so now they are looking for some type of remuneration or collaboration from Facebook .
“We have a lot of respect for Facebook and the value they have given to messaging capabilities, some of which were invented by BlackBerry.” As a leader in cybersecurity and integrated software, BlackBerry believes that Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp could be excellent partners in our journey, towards a securely connected future, and we keep this door open for them, however, we have a strong claim that Facebook has infringed our intellectual property, and after several years of dialogue, we also have obligations to our shareholders…. ”
So far Facebook has not ruled on this claim, but it will be interesting to know their stance on these allegations, where BlackBerry is making it appear that Zuckerberg’s company has been using technology that does not belong to it for several years.