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BlackBerry Ltd v Facebook-a case for patent infringement

Written by Robyn Mcilwaine on 08 March 2018

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BlackBerry Limited; a company renowned for their vast range of smartphones which swept the nation, saw business peak in 2005 following the release of built-in app BlackBerry Messenger. The Canadian based company has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook and its inclusive WhatsApp and Instagram apps, following allegations that features of the popular social media messaging service infringe on BlackBerry patents. The lawsuit stems from years of failed negotiation attempts, centrally placed to fulfil their obligation to shareholders and pursue appropriate legal remedies.

Facebook Deputy General Counsel Paul Grewal has hit back at BlackBerry stating that “Having abandoned its efforts to innovate, BlackBerry is now looking to tax the innovation of others.” Grewal has also voiced the intentions of the multi-billion-pound corporation to fight these allegations. It should be noted, that such claims follow the earlier dispute between BlackBerry and Qualcomm in 2017, in which telecommunications company Qualcomm settled a case in a binding arbitration agreement concerning royalty payments for a staggering £675m, jumping BlackBerry shares by 1.2% in premarket trade.

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