Eli Ridder | The Post
Canada’s Blackberry Ltd. filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp on Tuesday in Los Angeles’ United States Federal Court.
While they were open to working with the three brands, all owned by Facebook, Blackberry claims the social media companies developed application that incorrectly use its intellectual property in regards to mobile messaging.
The 177-page lawsuit claims the defendants “created mobile messaging applications that co-opt BlackBerry’s innovations, 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.”
“We have a lot of respect for Facebook and the value they’ve placed on messaging capabilities, some of which were invented by BlackBerry,” public relations head Sarah McKinney told CBC News in an emailed statement.
“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.”
“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,” wrote McKinney, head of public relations and corporate communications for the Waterloo-based company.
The claim was originally reported by Reuters news agency and has not yet been brought forward in court.
Blackberry has requested the case be heard by a jury, reported the CBC.