BlackBerry Sues Snapchat Over Alleged Patent Violation

| April 5 , 2018 , 13:18 IST

Blackberry has filed a 71-page lawsuit in the Central District Court of California against multimedia messaging app Snapchat for infringing six patents, including map improvements for mobile devices, advertising techniques and user interface improvements.

The company claimed that it had patented concepts which Snapchat Inc. aped in subsequent years without paying for it.

"BlackBerry has a well-earned reputation for protecting and securing our customers' data and privacy. For more than a year we have been working to establish a dialogue with Snap as we believe there are far more opportunities for partnership than disagreement. While we continue to hold this door open, we also have a strong claim that Snap infringed on our intellectual property, harmed our shareholders, and we have an obligation to pursue appropriate legal remedies." A BlackBerry spokesperson sent the following emailed statement to Mashable.

The Canadian company also cited Snap Maps and the display count of unread messages on a notification dot as infringing activities.

This comes a month after BlackBerry filed a lawsuit in a Los Angeles court against Facebook and its subsidiaries, Instagram and WhatsApp for allegedly infringing on some of its patents including security features, mobile notifications and combining gaming with messaging.

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The complaint against Snap includes two patents that also appear in the Facebook suit. While one patent referred to the display count notification dot, the other patent disclosed time data in messaging conversations.

Meanwhile, Snap Inc. has declined to comment on the lawsuit. According to a Snap spokesperson, the company hasn't reviewed the complaint yet. 

In 2017, BlackBerry sued Nokia Corp, alleging infringement of patents relating to 3G and 4G wireless communications technology. It also settled a $940 million patent deal with Qualcomm over royalty payments.