After Facebook, Snap Inc. is the next target.
Recently, BlackBerry filed suit against Facebook for multiple patent infringements. After taking a closer look at the patents in that case, it led many of us to wonder, what about everyone else? Many of these items are things which we see used across many different applications. Were other’s licensing these patents? Or are other’s infringing? It appears at least one company falls into the latter category as BlackBerry has now filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Snap Inc.
From the complaint;
“In many respects, through BlackBerry Messenger and other research and development, BlackBerry helped pioneer modern mobile messaging- secure, instant and user friendly on a mobile device. The appeal and success of BlackBerry Messenger led consumers to consider instant messaging functionality as an integral aspect of mobile communications, resulting today in billions of people worldwide engaging in instant messaging over their mobile device.
“As an innovator, BlackBerry took many steps to safeguard this valuable intellectual property. It received numerous patents protecting the cutting-edge features of it’s mobile phones, BlackBerry Messenger, and other communications applications that make such products secure, easy-to-use, and ultimately engaging to the end-user, thereby driving user growth and retention.
“Defendant has used BlackBerry’s intellectual property to compete with it in the mobile messaging space.”
In the complaint, BlackBerry states that they have attempted to resolve the dispute with Snap for over a year. It goes so far as to say that they have done so via letters, phone calls and in person meetings.
The patents that are in references in the 71 page complaint are listed below.
8,209,634 – Previewing a new event on a small screen device
8,301,713 – Handheld electronic device and associated method providing time data in a messaging environment
7,970,849 – Handheld electronic device and associated method providing time data in a messaging environment
8,825,084 – System and method for determining action spot locations relative to the location of a mobile device
8,326,327 – System and method for determining action spot locations relative to the location of a mobile device
8,296,351 – System and method for pushing information to a mobile device
8,676,929 – System and method for pushing information to a mobile device
The lawsuit asks for an injunction stopping Snap from infringing on BlackBerry’s patents in their products, and as with the Facebook lawsuit, demands a trial by jury. As for the financials, BlackBerry is asking for the typical costs that are associated with the litigation, as well as compensation for infringement with enhancement of damages due to Snaps continued willful infringement.
BlackBerry defined the mobile space. Over the years others have come and taken over, using BlackBerry’s innovations to do so. It’s great to see BlackBerry now fighting to regain what is theirs.
Source: Law 360