- BlackBerry submitted a license violation suit versus Facebook Inc. and its Whatsapp and Instagram apps.
- It argues that the company duplicated technology and features from its BlackBerry Messenger.
On Tuesday, Blackberry Ltd filed a legal action versus Facebook. It is asserting that the social media’s numerous messaging platforms, namely Instagram and Whatsapp, infringe on its Messenger service.
Essentially, the case affirms that BlackBerry was the first to market it with a mobile messaging app. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, on the other hand, piggybacked on its trademarked technology to develop out their programs over the last decade.
The copyrighted technologies consist of Blackberry’s crucial generation method. That is it utilized the crypto system, which is a protection layer for messages sent out and received. The patented technologies also include an interface for unobtrusively notifying individuals of unread messages, as well as UI applications that BlackBerry declares Facebook unlawfully utilized.
The claim requests unspecified problems to Blackberry for infringing on its licenses. It likewise requires Facebook discontinue using its copyright.
Facebook’s deputy general advisor, Paul Grewal, stated that:
“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.”
In a filing with LA federal court, BlackBerry claimed that the accused produced mobile messaging apps that co-opt BlackBerry’s innovations, utilizing a variety of the cutting-edge security, user interface and performance-enhancing features.
It added that the company has a solid case that Facebook infringed its copyright. It said that it’s been discussing it with the social media for several years. Furthermore, the company is filing a lawsuit because it commits investors to seek suitable lawful treatments.
However, lawsuits over license violation become part of BlackBerry CEO John Chen’s technique for making money for the firm. Currently, BlackBerry lost market share in the market that it once controlled.
The company since moved its emphasis to cybersecurity software and bought operating systems for self-driving cars.
In 2017, it also submitted suits against Nokia and Avaya. But the most significant was Qualcomm case as BlackBerry won almost $1 billion.
Currently, the company runs under three organizations, namely, TCL, BB Merry Putih and Optiemus Infracom. Each organization is certified to integrate into different areas across the globe. As it stands, the BB Mobile and BB Merry Putih launched their own gadgets. The Optiemus Infracom, on the other hand, is preparing to introduce the Ghost.
The Ghost is said to be a bezel-less Android phone. In some leaked photos, the phone resembles that of Apple’s iPhone. Unfortunately, it does not have specs or price details yet.
BlackBerry crumbled in the market
In 2016, Blackberry announced that it’s going to stop designing its own phone, thereby, ending the most iconic products of the era.
It used to be the most critical phone maker in the world. Although it will cease designing its own phone, it’ll outsource it to its partners.
BlackBerry dominated the smartphone business before. Unfortunately, it could not compete well against other companies, like Apple and Samsung. It was once a cultural phenomenon. It even inspired the CrackBerry idea. That is, people are glued to their email and communications. It also made its way to personal lives by releasing its BlackBerry Messenger. In the mid-2000s, it has become the main part of users’ interactions.