U.S. News | BlackBerry and Facebook in a Patent Battle


A couple of weeks ago, social media messaging platform, BlackBerry filed a lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in California against Facebook, for patent infringement.

According to the complaint, BlackBerry claims Facebook created a mobile messaging applications that is similar to BlackBerry’s innovation. BlackBerry states that Facebook is using its Intellectual Property in a number of its products such as the Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram.

In reaction, the Deputy General Counsel of Facebook, Paul Grewal, emphatically said that the claims of BlackBerry is false and promised to engage in a legal battle with the plaintiff.

“BlackBerry’s suit sadly reflects the current state of its messaging business,” the statement reads. “Having abandoned its efforts to innovate, BlackBerry is now looking to tax the innovation of others. We intend to fight.” Paul Grewal said.

It would be recalled that last year, BlackBerry sued Nokia for patent infringement, and won more than $800 million in a settlement with Qualcomm. It also sued enterprise communications company Avaya in mid-2016.

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com