The social media giant, Facebook and its two daughter units, WhatsApp and Instagram were sued by Blackberry earlier this week. The once well renowned company Blackberry has stated that Facebook has copied its intellectual property and developed its messaging application based on Blackberry Messengers format. The Canadian software company stated that their messaging application commonly known as the BBM was an innovative idea in the mobile phone industry which has been craft fully copied by Facebook and its subsidiaries, using a similar user interface, security format and functioning features. The copyright infringement has been done without legal permission.
ARE THE CLAIMS TRUE?
Blackberry has lost its control over the mobile market since quite a while. It sold copyright and design to TCL in 2016; the company now is in charge of manufacturing Blackberry smart phones. Blackberry has now shifted its focus to being a cyber-security software company. Due to this Blackberry believes 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.”
Sarah McKinney, Blackberry spokesperson issued a statement that, “We have a strong claim that Facebook has infringed on our intellectual property, and after several years of dialog, we also have an obligation to our shareholders to pursue appropriate legal remedies.” Their court file is 117 pages long.
Last year Blackberry sued Nokia over using 3G and 4G wireless communication technology. The case is still pending. It also sued Qualcomm Inc. last year and an agreement was reached when Qualcomm agreed to pay $940 million to Blackberry over the dispute of royalty payments.
FACEBOOK RESPONDS TO ALLEGATION
Facebook Deputy General Counsel Paul Grewal responded, “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.” With the recent Facebook improvements that have been developing the lawsuit comes as a surprise.