Canadian software company, BlackBerry Limited, claims that Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram have infringed on messaging patents that they hold and has filed a suit against them in the USA. This is according to a report by Reuters.
A statement given by BlackBerry spokesperson, Sarah McKinney, to Reuters reads:
Facebook and its companies developed “competing applications that improperly used BlackBerry’s mobile messaging intellectual property”.”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”
Facebook has also made a short statement via its Deputy General Counsel, Paul Grewal, as follows:
“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. We intend to fight.”
The court documents have 117 pages. If you are interested, they are available online HERE. The documents state that the complaint was filed in Central California District Court.
Some BlackBerry fans are already rooting for the firm, claiming that this suit was long overdue. We can imagine that Facebook and WhatsApp lovers will be all over themselves too screaming at the low jab that Facebook took at BlackBerry in their statement. However this goes, this fight is bound to be an interesting one.
Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets!