BlackBerry sues Facebook over patent infringement

- Adrian Ungureanu
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The Canadian company filed patent infringement lawsuit in Los Angeles against the social media giant, as well as its WhatsApp and Instagram divisions.

BlackBerry accuses Facebook of using its technologies in the WhatsApp and Instagram applications, arguing that the social media giant copied technology and features originally introduced by the Canadian company in the BlackBerry Messenger app.

It seems the process does not come out of the blue. BlackBerry spokeswoman Sarah McKinney says there has been “dialogue for several years” between the two companies, but added that “we also have an obligation to our shareholders to pursue appropriate legal remedies”.

BlackBerry has a portfolio of over 40,000 patents for more operating system technologies, communications, acoustics, messaging, automotive subsystems, cyber security, and wireless communications.

Last year, Qualcomm had to pay 940 million dollars to the BlackBerry, damages for non-payment of royalties for some patents belonging to the Canadian company.