BlackBerry sues Avaya for infringing on its patents



BlackBerry has filed a lawsuit against Avaya, accusing the multi-national tech company of infringing on eight of its U.S. patents related to mobile communications. The patents allegedly used by Avaya were filed between 1998 and 2011, and include 9143801, 8964849, 8116739, 8886212, 8688439, 7440561, 8554218 and 737296.

In the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Dallas, BlackBerry says that Avaya used BlackBerry's proprietary technology in a number of different products. BlackBerry says that it is seeking to put an end to Avaya's "unlawful conduct," and wants to be reimbursed for damages.

BlackBerry wrote to Avaya last December 17th to tell the company that it was infringing on its patents. Either BlackBerry received a response that it was not happy with, or else Avaya didn't respond at all. Either way, BlackBerry felt the need to protect its intellectual property. According to CEO John Chen, the manufacturer counts 44,000 patents. Chen pointed out last September that the IP portfolio is "one of the youngest patent portfolios in the entire industry, so monetization of our patents is an important aspect of our turnaround."


The suit might not grab everyone's attention like Apple v. Samsung, but it is a big deal for BlackBerry and we will be keeping an eye on the proceedings.

source: iam via Crackberry

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89 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22395; Member since: May 28, 2014

While patent lawsuits are an unfortunate part of this business, when left with no alternative, a company has every right to aggresively protect its IP. I'm just glad that it's not for something as silly as "rounded corners" or generic names.

5. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Wow. BlackBerry defending their patents. Good on them. No one has right to use patent without companies permission.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

But do even know what patent the other party supposedly infringed on? How do we know if it isn't a frivolous lawsuit? I don't take blackberry to be the frivolous type but we have to assume the worst case scenario.

23. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Wow. Why you attack me for my post? What make you think lawsuit might be frivolous? It say the lawsuit is 100 pages long. That don't sound frivolous to me. I agree with what other people here are saying. That you just like to troll BlackBerry and make them look bad. Why you hate BlackBerry so much? What they do to you?

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Just because the lawsuit is 100 pages doesn't mean it isn't frivolous. It was just an assumption, not an attack, which btw I wasn't attacking you so stop being so dramatic. Besides, it's not about hating or liking blackberry. It's about making a point.

31. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Wow. You just claim that someone attack you with their comment by coming at you as you say. What do you think you doing to me? Now you being what is called hypocrite. You only think lawsuit is frivolous because it's BlackBerry. If this Apple, you would take their side. I see a lot of article here and you only talk good about Apple and bad about everything else. The only point you make is that you hate BlackBerry and will only say bad things about them. You show your true colors. I have nothing else to say to you. Do not keep bothering me.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 22395; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! It's amazing that people who just get here figure out him out for what he truly is. +1 to you.

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're doing it again.

51. meanestgenius

Posts: 22395; Member since: May 28, 2014

Doing what? Noticing that a new guy figured you out already? Or doing the same thing you've done yourself, repeatedly, and therefore you're a hypocrite for even commenting on it?

54. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Picking fights you can't win.

63. meanestgenius

Posts: 22395; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is not a fight. You play the cowardly victim role too much for this to be a fight.

65. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Only a keyboard warrior would call someone a coward.

75. meanestgenius

Posts: 22395; Member since: May 28, 2014

I call 'em how I see 'em, and you're definitely a coward that plays the victim role way too much. Only a keyboard warrior like you would think otherwise.

79. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't be a parrot.

88. meanestgenius

Posts: 22395; Member since: May 28, 2014

Stop deflecting from the truth.

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You don't win by jumping on the bandwagon. I just made an observation regarding your comment and you blew a fuse over it. You're overreacting.

52. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

You don't win by doing trolling and talking hate all the time, either. I use BlackBerry phone for a very long time, since the BlackBerry Curve. I now use a BlackBerry Z30 until my DTEK50 comes. That's not jumping on bandwagon, that's called making comment on what I know and use. I follow this company for long time. All I see is you troll this company for long time, from what I read. Do you use BlackBerry? I don't think so. And you get mad at meanest for doing the same thing you are doing and say he attack you. But if he doing the same thing as you, then you attacking me. So you are what is called hypocrite. I don't like to talk to hypocrite and person that push hate speech like you do. You like to change your word around all the time to make like you not trolling and pushing hate to BlackBerry and other, but you really are. I'm not overreacting. You lying and I see it.

53. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If you don't want your comment challenged in an open forum, then don't comment. Plain and simple. I don't think you understood my bandwagon comment.

64. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Wow. Now you just proving your hypocrisy. You complain about meanest when he challenge your comment, but you feel it is ok to challenge mine. You are big hypocrite. Meanest only do the same thing you do to me. From now on I call you hypocrite man. And now you also change your words around to say I don't understand your bandwagon comment. Not true. You don't say your comment correct the first time. I know my English not very good, but you have good English and don't know how to write well to get point across. That's bad for you. Or you just changing your words around like always.

66. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't care about meanest challenging my comment. It's just when he complains and acuses people of seeking his attention is when I call him out on his bs. But you wouldn't know that because you're hopping on the bandwagon. I'm not changing my words around. You just didn't understand, so I saw fit to educate you. Don't blame me for not understanding, it's just your English.

76. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Yes you do. That's why you complain about him doing it and then be hypocrite about it. From what I see, you do seek meanest attention. I'm not on bandwagon, I see truth. You are liar and hypocrite and troll. You attack me because I like BlackBerry. If I say bad things about BlackBerry, you would give me like, or plus 1 and say I telling truth. I already see you do this to others. You always change your words, but only dumb person can't see it. I am smart. I see it. You don't educate no one. You lie and be hypocrite and think no one will see it. But I see it. I am giving you education now. If you don't troll and lie and be hypocrite, maybe no one call you out. But you do these things on lots of article here. I know. I read a lot. My poor English does not stop me for knowing how you are. You only fooling yourself if you believe that.

78. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yeah whatever. Like I said before, it's an open forum. Don't shed the tears when someone responds to your comment.

89. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Wow. You still being hypocrite. You need to do what your words say. Stop complaining when someone responds to your comment. It is a open forum, like you say. When you do what your words say, then you can tell others to do the same. Now I'm finished respond to you.

77. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

knowing my personal experience with Avaya, Im sure BB's lawsuit is 100% legit.

8. lord001

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 02, 2016

Unfortunately as usual… blackberry

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