Litigation over patent infringement is part of BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen’s strategy for making money for the company, which has lost market share in the smartphone market it once dominated.
Blackberry, the Canadian tech company adored by Kim Kardashian and once the most cherished texting device available — has accused Facebook of improperly using its “mobile messaging intelligence” in social apps including WhatsApp and Instagram.
According to BlackBerry, the company tried to work with the social network for years. BlackBerry is now seeking damages from Facebook for its lost profits.
The lawsuit, first reported by Reuters, was filed in the Central District of California court.
The specific patents include:
User interface improvements
Combining mobile gaming and mobiel messaging
Battery efficient status updates for mobile devices
“Defendants created mobile messaging applications that co-opt BlackBerry’s innovations, using a number of the innovative security, user interface, and functionality enhancing features,” Canada-based BlackBerry said in a filing with a Los Angeles federal court.
Facebook Deputy General Counsel Paul Grewal said in a statement that the company intended to fight the lawsuit.
Grewal said, “Blackberry’s suit sadly reflects the current state of its messaging business.Having abandoned its efforts to innovate, Blackberry is now looking to tax the innovation of others.”