BlackBerry takes Facebook to court with patent suit

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BlackBerry Ltd. filed a lawsuit against Facebook on Tuesday, accusing the social media company of infringing on its intellectual property.

BlackBerry is suing Facebook.

BlackBerry said Facebook and its companies developed "competing applications that improperly used BlackBerry's mobile messaging intellectual property". The document states the various patents that Facebook allegedly infringed on, which includes cryptographic techniques, UI improvements, combining mobile messaging with mobile gaming, battery efficient status updates, and other things.

It points to an "ever expanding" list of products or services including Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp Messenger that BlackBerry alleges violate seven of its US patents.

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Just to be clear, the lawsuit is being filed by the original BlackBerry Limited, which was formerly known as Research in Motion, and not TCL, who now licenses the BlackBerry brand name to produce recent handsets including the BlackbBerry Key One and BlackBerry Motion.

BlackBerry, in its 117-page lawsuit, termed Facebook and its wholly-owned apps "relative latecomers to the mobile messaging world". It will be interesting to see how Facebook will face this lawsuit and fight back.

We can also expect Facebook to look for patents it can use to countersue BlackBerry, which has a smaller business than it did a few years ago but still sells a significant amount of software and services that could be infringing Facebook patents. It's abandoned its efforts to innovate, so it's looking to tax the innovation of others. In addition, its QNX software also powers many in-car systems, and the company is placing a bet on smart cars with partner and mobile chip giant Qualcomm. There's a possibility that Facebook could eventually sign a patent licensing agreement with BlackBerry to settle the dispute - as it did with Yahoo in 2012. "We intend to fight", he said. Though it attempted a comeback multiple times with handsets like the Leap and the Priv, it eventually gave up on smartphones, leaving it up to TCL to make those BlackBerry-branded handsets instead.

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