BlackBerry sues Facebook over patent infringement2018-03-07 10:03 by Daniela
Tags: Blackberry, Facebook
BlackBerry is suing Facebook and its subsidiaries, Instagram and WhatsApp, accusing the American social media company of infringing on its patents for messaging apps. The Canadian business software provider and former phone giant sued the world's largest social network in a Los Angeles court.
BlackBerry is now contending that its intellectual property has been infringed upon by Facebook's "using a number of the innovative security, user interface, and functionality enhancing features that made BlackBerry's products such a critical and commercial success in the first place."
"As a cybersecurity 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," BlackBerry said.
BlackBerry no longer makes phones, but it's still looking to profit from patent licenses and software. In December 2016, BlackBerry sold the rights to design, manufacture, and sell BlackBerry-branded phones to Chinese multinational TCL, leaving BlackBerry Limited in charge of the company's software and mobile security products.
This is not the first time Facebook has been sued by a fellow digital giant; in 2012, Yahoo sued Facebook, alleging it infringed on some of its advertising patents. BlackBerry, meanwhile, has also gone after Nokia and others.
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