Commexis Cast Daily – Mar. 09, 2018: Blackberry Sues Facebook For Infringement

Today’s Commexis Cast discusses Blackberry’s lawsuit against Facebook Inc. for allegedly infringing on multiple patents related to messaging apps, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

The complaint states, “Defendants have used BlackBerry’s own intellectual property to compete with it in the mobile messaging space. These applications are ever expanding, including Facebook Messenger, Facebook Messenger Lite, Facebook Pages Manager, and Facebook Workplace Chat, the WhatsApp Messenger application made by WhatsApp Inc., and the Instagram application made by Instagram, Inc. The importance of mobile messaging is emphasized by the reported $19 billion dollars Facebook spent to acquire WhatsApp.”

Some of the alleged infringements include basics of online messaging apps, including notifications for unread messages, read receipts, and photo tagging.

Paul Grewal, Facebook general counsel, told CNBC, “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. We intend to fight.”

Blackberry is seeking damages and injuctive relief for profit lost. However, Blackberry also seemed interested in partnering with Facebook in the future. “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,” a Blackberry spokesperson said in the statement to CNN. “We continue to hold this door open to them.”

Today’s cast: Phillip Brooks (Commexis Lead Strategist) and Matthew McGrorty (Commexis Videographer/Podcaster).

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