BlackBerry Limited, the business software arm of the Canadian company that used to sell smartphones, today filed a lawsuit against Facebook, alleging that the social network and its WhatsApp and Instagram subsidiaries are violating BlackBerry messaging applications patents. The core of the BlackBerry complaint, which is an extensive 117 pages, is that the patented and patented messaging product of the BlackBerry Messenger company, known colloquially as BBM, was a cornerstone of modern mobile communications.
BlackBerry now claims that its intellectual property has been compromised by Facebook, which "used several innovative security features, user interface and improved functionality that made BlackBerry products a critical and commercial success in the first place." In December 2016, BlackBerry sold the rights to design, manufacture and sell BlackBerry brand phones to the Chinese multinational TCL, leaving BlackBerry Limited in charge of the company's software and mobile security products.
Ummmm BlackBerry is suing Facebook for infringing a patent that claims to cover … showing a count of unread messages at a reporting point. pic.twitter.com/sGqetm6qbH- nilay patel (@reckless) March 6, 2018
The company says its patents cover cryptographic techniques to protect user privacy, the mix of mobile games and mobile messaging, and now ubiquitous user interface elements of mobile messaging products. Some of these interface elements are as broad as the design of notifications, the display of message timestamps and the ability to tag friends and family in photos.
BlackBerry is seeking "compensation for damage caused by Defendants' illegal use of BlackBerry intellectual property," which may include precautionary measures and monetary damages, according to the lawsuit. Facebook was not immediately available for comment.