Blackberry accused Facebook of improperly using its “mobile messaging intelligence” in social apps including WhatsApp and Instagram. They even went as far as filing a lawsuit against Facebook, alleging that the social network and its subsidiaries infringe on BlackBerry messaging app patents.
But why now? As indicated by BlackBerry, the organization attempted to work with social network for a considerable length of time. BlackBerry is currently seeking damages from Facebook for its lost profits.
A BlackBerry spokesperson said “We have a lot of respect for Facebook and the value they’ve placed on messaging capabilities, some of which were invented by BlackBerry. As a cyber-security and embedded software leader, BlackBerry’s view is that Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp could make great partners in our drive toward a securely connected future, and we continue to hold this door open to them. However, 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’s Deputy General Counsel Paul Grewal responded in a statement saying “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.”
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