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RIM sues Kik for allegedly copying BBM

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RIM sues Kik for allegedly copying BBM
We told you recently that Kik, a cross-platform messaging app, was being pulled from the BlackBerry App World, and its push service was being suspended. At the time, RIM claimed that Kik had breached contractual obligations, but many thought the move was to eliminate Kik as a competitor to BBM.

Now, RIM has made it official, and sued Kik. RIM claims that Kik infringes on 3 patents specific to BlackBerry Messenger. They even go so far as to accuse Kik CEO Ted Livingston of using his former employment at RIM to directly copy their real-time messenger. The suit says he used RIM's plans for the future to make his own changes to Kik.

While we don't necessarily applaud RIM for suing Kik, we certainly understand their motivations. Kik is a threat to RIM because it stands as a suitable real-time-messaging alternative to BBM. Many current BlackBerry users are only sticking around because of BBM, so an alternative messaging app would allow them to leave.

That means that taking Kik away from BlackBerry owners is only a shot across Kik's bow. If RIM wants to eliminate Kik as a competitor, it needs to be removed from all other operating systems as well. With RIM's hold on the smartphone market slipping more every day, they need to do whatever they can to maintain their market share. But we'd prefer that the charge be led by RIM's engineers, rather than their legal department.

source: David Lam via Electronista

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posted on 03 Dec 2010, 06:16 1

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


i just cant belive they when as low as telling people they removes kik for all the "issues" it was causing and now turns that they are swing them... they make jobs look like some sort of saint, plus the GWDAM service was free... nit a dime, they might as well sues wahtsapp and Pmessenger, they ofter the same service but no kik was simple and popular, it even got more downloads that BBM itself... so they have to make sure they take it down permanently... congratulations RIM you destroyed kik believing that will keep you outdated hardware on business... now people will leave because you are douches... happy now?

And yes I use kik it is awesome... better that being signed in on messengers, 99.99% chanse of reviving a message regardless of the status (online/busy/disconnected), simple and nice interface, plus file push on Christmas... yeah rim i hate you now

posted on 04 Dec 2010, 11:45 1

2. gropro (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 Dec 2010)


but ur a polish fukker u "just can't" believe anything

posted on 04 Dec 2010, 12:37

3. smpdx (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


HAHAHAH

posted on 04 Dec 2010, 12:46

4. smpdx (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


gropro, I actually planned on saying that first...
See look here, I even have a patent for it. Now I am going to sue your Aasss.

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