BlackBerry Sues Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApps Over Messaging Tech

kierhicks | March 7, 2018 | 1 | Blog

BlackBerry Sues Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp Over Messaging Tech

A while back, one of the elite messaging platforms was best in BlackBerry. By that time, BlackBerry was a top-notch mobile device company. However, the status of BlackBerry has been crumbling down due to the high competition exerted by the Apple’s iPhone and smartphones that are based on Google’s Android.

To restore its prestige in the tech world, BlackBerry has filed a lawsuit against Facebook and its subsidiaries such as WhatsApp Messenger, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram. BlackBerry have sued Facebook and its sub constituents on the charges of incorporating the BlackBerry’s mobile messaging technology.

This lawsuit aims at shutting down of Facebook applications together with its subsidiaries. The injunction will also see BlackBerry getting some monetary benefits inform of damages.

BlackBerry are supporting their allegations by stating that Facebook and its sub-companies have overstepped on the BlackBerry patents that include:

  • User interface features such as the option of being able to tag friends and family in pictures, the display of timestamps in messages and the outlook of the notification panel.
  • Cryptographic techniques that protect the privacy of a user
  • Battery-efficient status updates
  • Integration of mobile messaging in games.

BlackBerry has indicated that the above features are the foundations that make mobile messaging applications and social networking possible.

However, Facebook has denied the allegations and gave out a statement that they intend to fight. One of the representatives from Facebook indicated that BlackBerry is looking to benefit from the innovations of other companies after their failed attempts of improving on their innovation.

On the contrary, BlackBerry complaint which is 117 pages is seeking to be compensated for the infringement done by Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp over the copyrights of the messaging technology. The BlackBerry team has phrased the harm done by Facebook and its subsidiaries as an illegitimate use of intellectual property that belongs to the BlackBerry.

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