BlackBerry Is Suing Facebook, Instagram And WhatsApp

BlackBerry is suing Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp for infringing on their messaging patents. Seriously, this is really happening. Here’s the details from Reuters:

Litigation over patent infringement is part of BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen’s strategy for making money for the company, which has lost market share in the smartphone market it once dominated.

“Defendants created mobile messaging applications that co-opt BlackBerry’s innovations, using a number of the innovative security, user interface, and functionality enhancing features,” Canada-based BlackBerry said in a filing with a Los Angeles federal court.

“Protecting shareholder assets and intellectual property is the job of every CEO,” BlackBerry spokeswoman Sarah McKinney said in an email. However, she noted that litigation was “not central to BlackBerry’s strategy.”

The lawsuit followed years of negotiation and BlackBerry has an obligation to shareholders to pursue appropriate legal remedies, she added.

Hmmm… The words “patent” and “troll” seem to spring to mind upon reading this as given the fact that over the last few years the company has sued a bunch of companies over patent infringement, that this seems to be a great way to make money for BlackBerry despite what they say. Facebook is going to fight the lawsuit and I expect this to drag on for years with the only winners being the lawyers as I am not sure that anyone else will “win” in this situation.

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