BlackBerry weaponizes instant messaging patents, sues Facebook
“BlackBerry weaponizes instant messaging patents, sues Facebook”: BlackBerry, the major smartphone maker that stepped out of the hardware business in 2016, is suing Facebook for patent infringement. BlackBerry has a portfolio of comprehensive software patents that cover some of the most basic features of modern smartphone messaging services – and the company says it wants Facebook to pay.
Facebook “has made versatile informing applications that assistance BlackBerry developments by utilizing a large group of creative security highlights, UI and highlights that have made BlackBerry items a basic and business accomplishment in any case, BlackBerry. The suit contends that Facebook’s auxiliaries Instagram and WhatsApp encroach on BlackBerry licenses, and in addition Facebook’s own informing applications.
It is not uncommon for technology companies to lose market leadership to patent licensing as an alternative way to make money. Yahoo sued Facebook for patent infringement in 2012, for example, while Nokia sued Apple for patent infringement in 2016.
“BlackBerry”: BlackBerry started its own patent litigation campaign in 2016, suing little-known Android phone maker BLU and Internet phone company Avaya. The BLU agreed to pay last year, and the BlackBerry is now moving to Facebook – potentially a much more lucrative target.
The BlackBerry is claiming seven software patents against Facebook, and they are remarkably broad:
Patent No. 7,372,961 encompasses the concept of generating a cryptographic key by choosing a number of pseudorandom and then verifying that it is “less than the q order before mod q”. If it is, the key is used. Otherwise, another key is chosen randomly and the process repeats.
The patent 8,209,634 covers the concept of using icons with numeric badges to signal the arrival of new messages.
The patent 8,279,173 covers the concept of tagging people in photos using an auto complete search box.
Patent 8,301,713 covers the concept of marking a significant lull in a text message conversation by inserting a timestamp reflecting the time of the next message.
Patent 8,429,236 spreads the idea of changing the way a cell phone sends messages, contingent upon whether they are being perused effectively by the beneficiary’s gadget. For instance, if the updates are not being perused progressively, the sending gadget can spare vitality by sending group messages rather than each one in turn.
The 8,677,250 patent covers the idea of tying an informing administration and a diversion application together so a client playing an amusement can send messages to contacts in the informing application that incorporates reports on the advance of the in-amusement player.
The patent 9,349,120 spreads the idea of hushing a message wire.
“BlackBerry sues Facebook”: To put it plainly, the BlackBerry cases to have the absolute most regular highlights of current portable informing applications, regardless of whether made by Facebook, Apple, Google or any other individual. BlackBerry requested that the court challenge Facebook to encroach those licenses, which could require Facebook to radically audit those applications or even close down totally.
But it is unlikely that things go so far. In recent years, courts have been relatively reluctant to issue injunctions in such cases, preferring instead to grant damages in cash that usually end up being less profitable for the plaintiff. Facebook may also try to get some of these patents discarded as invalid – courts have shown skepticism about the legality of some software patents in recent years.
We can also expect Facebook to look for patents it can use to hire the BlackBerry, which has a smaller business than it did a few years ago, but still sells a significant amount of software and services that may be infringing on Facebook patents.
“BlackBerry weaponizes instant messaging patents, sues Facebook”: Lastly, there’s a decent possibility that Facebook will consent to a patent authorizing arrangement with the BlackBerry – that is the means by which Facebook’s debate with Yahoo is finished, all things considered.
A BlackBerry spokesman sent us an e-mail comment:
As a leader in embedded and cyber security software, BlackBerry’s belief is that Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp could make great partners in our drive toward a securely connected future, and we continue to keep that door open for them. However, we have a strong claim that Facebook has violated our intellectual property and, after several years of dialogue, we also have an obligation on our shareholders to seek appropriate legal remedies.
But Facebook has signaled that it does not feel like committing itself.
“The fact that Blackberry sadly reflects the current state of its messaging business,” Facebook’s deputy general counsel Paul Grewal said in an e-mailed statement. “Having surrendered its endeavors to improve, the Blackberry now looks to force the development of others. We need to battle.”