Facebook hits back at BlackBerry with patent infringement lawsuit of its own

Facebook hits back at BlackBerry with patent infringement lawsuit of its own
Samsung and Apple may have agreed to bury the hatchet (for good?) back in June after a ridiculously lengthy patent battle spanning several continents and the better part of a decade, but many other tech companies continue to go at it.

As part of a new business strategy that no longer includes actually building, advertising, and selling mobile phones, BlackBerry has tried to capitalize on an extensive patent portfolio of late by suing everyone from Snap Inc. to Facebook, Nokia, and BLU Products.

The now software-focused Canadian outfit secured perhaps its biggest intellectual property-related win last year, when reaching a broad agreement with Qualcomm under which the semiconductor giant consented to pay a whopping $940 million.

It’s unclear what kind of compensation BlackBerry was pursuing when accusing Facebook of mobile messaging IP infringement earlier this year, but the social networking market leader is doing more than just refusing to admit guilt.

In a move (metaphorically) patented by the likes of Apple, Samsung, and Nokia, Facebook is countersuing BlackBerry in San Francisco federal court, claiming infringement of six patents related to voice messaging technology, as well as improvements to the graphics, video and audio performance of mobile devices, and the centralized tracking and analysis of GPS data.

That sounds vague and generic, which probably means... BlackBerry has something to worry about. All joking aside, this is clearly a ploy to get BlackBerry to drop its previous intellectual property theft charges or at least work as a bargaining chip in possible negotiations for an out-of-court settlement. Either way, something tells us this latest legal conflict is barely getting started.

source: Bloomberg

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12 Comments

1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Blackberry infringing on Facebook's patents??? LOL!!!

5. Venom

Posts: 2683; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I think it's more of a retaliation against a known patent shark than actual patent infringement.

9. Cyberchum

Posts: 1009; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Is it that you think Facebook have no patent, or that they have none that could be infringed on by such a great company like blackberry? Which one is it? . I don't know but, from where I stand, it seems you left your brain behind while growing up.

2. rouyal

Posts: 1532; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

“centralized tracking and analysis of GPS data” Facebook you scary

3. yalokiy

Posts: 840; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

That patent troll path is ugly..

4. Venom

Posts: 2683; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Live by the sword, die by the sword. Blackberry shouldn't have resorted to being patent bullies. I don't care for Facebook and I have nothing against blackberry, but they need to stop litigating and start innovating.

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3038; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That's the most contradictory post you've ever made - and that's saying something. You call them patent bullies for protecting the IP they created. Then you say they need to stop litigating and start innovating. What's the use in innovating if someone is going to steal your "innovation" and force you to take legal action? You can't have it both ways. BlackBerry, Motorola, Nokia and Microsoft were the pioneers of the smartphone industry so it stands to reason they created every piece of IP in use today. Pay up or shut up. Oh almost forgot, your "I have nothing against BlackBerry" remark almost made me lose my coffee. Thanks for the laugh.

7. Venom

Posts: 2683; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3038; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I didn't say or even imply that you're the only one who calls them patent trolls. What's at issue is whether companies take the easy route and take without giving. By your logic it's perfectly fine to go inside your house and eat your mom's apple pie without asking. Companies don't bring lawsuits unless they have a chance to win or gain something related to another litigation.

10. Venom

Posts: 2683; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No, I just felt the need to clarify that before you did. Maybe I gave you too much credit because you know that example is an over simplification of the scenario. It's not exactly that simple when it comes to the tech world. I'm not saying BlackBerry shouldn't defend their IP, but this is obviously an abuse of litigation. If BlackBerry could get away with this, it would effect a LOT of things. What's from stopping them from suing any company that uses any form of electronic communication? That's too broad of a patent.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3038; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Do you have some insight into this filing you'd like to share with the class? What is this abuse you speak of? The article certainly didn't mention any specifics so you must know something only the clerk of the courts knows. When you reply don't forget to specify what this "too broad of a patent" is. We'll all be waiting with bated breath as Edgar Allen Poe would say.

12. Venom

Posts: 2683; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No, but the article does link to previous articles regarding BlackBerry's frivolous lawsuits against Facebook and Whatsapp which do provide a few details. Come on Crispin, you have to admit that BlackBerry is in the wrong here especially when all of the links I posted have labeled BlackBerry as a patent bully. There's just no denying it.

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