BlackBerry Limited, the Canadian enterprise software company, filed a lawsuit against Facebook claiming that the social network and its subsidiaries (WhatsApp and Instagram) infringed on BlackBerry’s messaging app patents.
It seems like the old king of mobile messaging is coming after the new king.
“Defendants created mobile messaging applications that co-opt BlackBerry’s innovations, using a number of the innovative security, user interface, and functionality enhancing features that made BlackBerry’s products such a critical and commercial success in the first place,” BlackBerry said in its complaint.
Those at Facebook have always thought that for an industry to evolve, the main players need to replicate what works. After all, Facebook wasn’t always the king of social media; it became a pioneer after MySpace.
Facebook responded to the suit in a statement by Deputy General Counsel Paul Grewal: “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.”
Facebook may have a point. Innovation caused BlackBerry’s huge losses. The easy availability of WhatsApp, Messenger, etc., led people to opt for those apps when sending a simple text message from one country to another instead of BlackBerry’s exorbitant pricing.
But with BlackBerry now filing its lawsuit, is the company preparing a comeback?