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Blackberry has submitted a lawsuit in the US accusing Facebook of copying functions from Blackberry Messenger in a violation of its patent rights.

Blackberry, which was the moment a chief in the smartphone industry, claims Facebook utilized the functions and technological know-how in its WhatsApp and Instagram applications.

The claims occur just after Blackberry has improved efforts to make funds from its extra than forty,000 patents.

Facebook has said it would fight the lawsuit.

Paul Grewal, deputy general counsel of Facebook, said Blackberry’s assert “regrettably reflects the latest state of its messaging business enterprise”.

“Getting abandoned its efforts to innovate, Blackberry is now searching to tax the innovation of other folks. We intend to fight,” he said.

Assessment – Dave Lee, BBC North America technological know-how reporter

Blackberry Messenger was the remaining hurrah of the failing Blackberry brand name – a light-weight, uncomplicated method that was quite popular, for a time, with youthful individuals. Significantly in the British isles, where you may perhaps remember it was considered the resource of alternative for rioters communicating for the duration of London’s unrest in 2011.

BBM, as it was recognised, was indeed a precursor to popular applications like WhatsApp, but to say WhatsApp received its attractiveness by thieving BBM tech is pretty the extend.

When Blackberry Messenger was (for a extensive time) locked to Blackberry unit, WhatsApp was not. And although WhatsApp improved consistently, Blackberry Messenger, nicely, failed to.

Blackberry is professing possession about functions that are so commonplace in cell messaging you probably will not even look at them to be functions. The tiny dot notifying you of a new concept, for instance. Or the very small icons that present that a concept has been gained and then read through.

Blackberry, which was founded in Canada in 1984, was believed to depict extra than 50 percent of the smartphone industry as a short while ago as 2009, according to its lawsuit.

It introduced Blackberry Messenger in 2005 – extra than 6 yrs before Facebook introduced a identical company, the lawsuit said.

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Facebook owns WhatsApp and Instagram

In the submitting, Blackberry claims Facebook has copied procedures to notify users of new messages and tag individuals in images, between other folks. It claims Facebook has been conscious of its rights for yrs.

A spokeswoman for Blackberry said the company stays open up to a partnership with Facebook.

“However, we have a solid assert that Facebook has infringed on our intellectual house, and just after quite a few yrs of dialogue, we also have an obligation to our shareholders to pursue acceptable authorized therapies,” she said.

Blackberry, which stopped earning telephones in 2016 just after a extraordinary sales decrease, also submitted a patent infringement match towards Nokia in February 2017. That situation is pending.

The company has also settled disputes with other providers.

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