BlackBerry has filed a complaint against Snap accusing the company of infringing its patented messaging technology on the Snapchat app. The lawsuit, which extends for 71 pages, accuses Snap of infringing six patents, including improvements to maps for mobile devices, advertising techniques and improvements to the user interface for mobile devices. It also cites the instant maps and the counting of unread messages at a reporting point as "infringing activities". The complaint was first reported by Bloomberg.
Previously, BlackBerry filed a lawsuit in March against Facebook, alleging that the social networking platform, WhatsApp and Instagram also infringed BlackBerry messaging applications patents. Snap's complaint includes two patents (& # 39; 634 & & # 39; 713) that also appear in Facebook's lawsuit. The patent & # 39; 634 refers to the screen counting notification point, while & # 39; 713 is a patent that reveals time data in messaging conversations.
In its heyday, BlackBerry was known for BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), a feature that allows users to easily send chat messages to each other from their phones, something innovative for their time. As we noted earlier, the core of BlackBerry complaints is that the BBM feature is a cornerstone of modern mobile communications.
BlackBerry says that Snap has used the company's intellectual property to compete with it in the messaging space, diverting BlackBerry users to Snapchat. BlackBerry claims that this resulted in "a substantial and undeserved windfall" for Snap.
One of the patents that BlackBerry has accused Snap of infringing. Image: BlackBerry
Another BlackBerry patent has accused Snap of infringing. Image: BlackBerry
The lawsuit claims that BlackBerry has tried to resolve the matter without going to court:
Se (BlackBerry) has been communicating with the defendant (Snap) for more than a year regarding its patent portfolio, including several letters, calls and an in-person meeting. Through this lawsuit, BlackBerry seeks redress for the damage caused by the Defendant's illegal use of BlackBerry intellectual property.
BlackBerry no longer manufactures phones and sold the rights to design, manufacture and sell BlackBerry branded devices to the Chinese company TCL in December 2016. BlackBerry Limited now produces the company's software and mobile security products. According to Bloomberg, BlackBerry also reached agreements with Cisco, Blu Products and Avaya Holdings for patent claims. It is a strategy that reminds TiVo, which still manufactures products but obtains most of its money through litigation and licensing patents.
BlackBerry is seeking compensation for damages, reasonable attorneys' fees and the "destruction and removal of infringing products and materials." We've contacted BlackBerry and Snap for additional comments.