Blackberry sues Snapchat over messaging patents infringement

Snapchat goes to court for allegedly stealing Blackberry's messaging patents


Blackberry has sued Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, over alleged messaging technology patent infringement.

The Canadian technology company is accusing Snap of infringing on six patents, also map improvements, UI improvements and advertising techniques. These patents were issued between 2012 and 2014, and they also appear in Blackberry lawsuit against Facebook.

“Seizing on the success of BBM, Snap developed and released its infringing Snapchat application and products, which incorporate and unlawfully utilize BlackBerry’s patented technology,” the filed suit stated.

Snap is not the only company being slammed a court case by Blackberry, Facebook also was previously sued in March, under the same complaint. Blackberry said Facebook and its other social media platform: WhatsApp and Instagram allegedly infringed on Blackberry’s messaging patents. The two patents infringement that also appeared in the lawsuit against Facebook are the display of count notification dot and disclosure of time data in messaging conversations.

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Blackberry Messenger (BBM) was first introduced in 2005 on Blackberry phones to much public acceptance, making it the leading mobile messenger back then. But due to the rise of iPhones and other social messaging apps such WhatsApp and Snapchat, BBM went out of vogue and Blackberry phones lost their popularity.

At the time Facebook was sued by Blackberry, Bloomberg reported that the company, who once dominated the mobile market, has been going through its patents’ library to ensure any company that has been using its intellectual property pays up, as another source of revenue. Blackberry’s $80M litigation win over Qualcomm in 2017 is an example of this.

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To ensure these lawsuits are not lost, Blackberry has hired top and prominent California lawyers to fight its claim. A Blackberry spokesperson told Mashable

“BlackBerry has a well-earned reputation for protecting and securing our customers’ data and privacy. For more than a year we have been working to establish a dialogue with Snap as we believe there are far more opportunities for partnership than disagreement. While we continue to hold this door open, we also have a strong claim that Snap infringed on our intellectual property, harmed our shareholders, and we have an obligation to pursue appropriate legal remedies.”

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