Blackberry sues Facebook over patent infringement

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Facebook is facing a lawsuit from BlackBerry for infringing a messaging technology patent in a Los Angeles Federal Court.

According to Reuters, BlackBerry is alleging that Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram developed "competing applications that improperly used BlackBerry's mobile messaging intellectual property".

There's even one patent which talks about blending messaging and gaming together, a core part of Facebook Messenger's Instant Games.

However, the BlackBerry spokeswoman Sarah McKinney said in an email that the litigation is "not central to BlackBerry's strategy".

It's no secret that BlackBerry is not quite the mobile powerhouse it once was many years ago. If not, another key is chosen at random and the process repeats. The little dot notifying you of a new message, for instance. Other patents address photo tagging and messaging time stamps.

Among those claims include the notification for unread messages.

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BlackBerry claims in its lawsuit that Facebook has created messaging applications that "co-opt" the Canadian company's innovations and called Facebook's products "relative latecomers to the mobile messaging world".

"BlackBerry is asking for monetary damages “including an enhancement of damages on account of Defenants willful infringement".

But it's unlikely things will get that far. Facebook, founded in 2004, surpassed $40 billion in revenue previous year. The former smartphone pioneer is claiming products like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram are infringing upon its wealth of messaging patents.

Blackberry claims that they have invested "substantial sums" in research and development and also filing various patents when it comes to communication technologies, only for Facebook to infringe on their Intellectual Property.

But Facebook signaled that it isn't in a mood to compromise.

However, Facebook General Counsel Paul Grewal dismissed the lawsuit as reflecting "the current state of [BlackBerry's] messaging business". It's abandoned its efforts to innovate, so it's looking to tax the innovation of others.

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