BlackBerry suing Snapchat over patent infringement


After taking legal action against Nokia in 2017 and Facebook this year, BlackBerry has now reportedly submitted a patent-infringement claim versus Snapchat’s parent business Snap. Earlier this month, BlackBerry took legal action against Facebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram apps, alleging that they copied innovation and functions from the BlackBerry Messenger. In 2015, BlackBerry had taken legal action against Nokia, alleging violation of patents associating with 3G and 4G cordless communications technology. Now, BlackBerry is reportedly going after Snap, accusing it of infringing on six patents.

According to a Bloomberg report, BlackBerry’s grievance versus Snap claims the latter infringed upon six patents released in 2012 and 2014, 2 of which are amongst the seven patents that remained in the lawsuit versus Facebook. In a report, Mashable noted that the patents consisted of map and UI improvement for mobile gadgets and modern mobile marketing techniques. Interestingly, the map improvement refers to Snapchat’s launch of Snap Map.

A representative for BlackBerry told Mashable in a statement, “BlackBerry has a well-earned reputation for protecting and securing our consumers’ data and personal privacy. For more than a year we have been working to establish a discussion with Snap as our company believe there are far more chances for collaboration than argument. While we continue to hold this door open, we likewise have a strong claim that Snap infringed on our intellectual home, damaged our investors, and we have an obligation to pursue proper legal remedies.”

In the filing, contrasts of illustrations from BlackBerry’s patents and screenshots taken from Snapchat can be seen. There has actually been no main word from Snap relating to the issue.

Last year Qualcomm had concurred to pay BlackBerry $814.9 million. In October 2017, BlackBerry announced a private settlement with Blu Products, a Florida-based maker of low-priced mobile devices it had actually likewise taken legal action against for patent infringement.

Lawsuits over patent violation definitely appears to be a part of BlackBerry CEO John Chen’s technique for earning money for the business, which has lost market share in the mobile phone market it as soon as dominated.

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