According to a report from Reuters, BlackBerry has filed a lawsuit against Facebook, which also encompasses the messaging app WhatsApp and the social network Instagram, in a federal court based out of Los Angeles, California. The lawsuit itself calls out Facebook and its popular apps for their use of messaging in each platform.
BlackBerry has apparently engaged in a conversation with Facebook for several years now on this particular subject, but there wasn’t a resolution being made in that method. As a result, the company is moving forward with the lawsuit. BlackBerry’s spokesperson, Sarah McKinney, said “We have a strong claim that Facebook has infringed on our intellectual property, and after several years of dialogue, we also have an obligation to our shareholders to pursue appropriate legal remedies.”
The specific details of the lawsuit aren’t known right now, but the likely bet here is that BlackBerry is suing Facebook with regards to the patents that it owns tied to BlackBerry Messenger.
Update: Facebook has officially responded to the lawsuit from BlackBerry, with the social network’s deputy general counsel, Paul Grewal, saying this:
“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. We intend to fight.”
Did you ever use BlackBerry Messenger back in the day? What’s your go-to messaging app these days?