BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram in messaging patent spat

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After allegedly trying to hold discussions with Facebook for the past "several years", BlackBerry finally made a decision to take Facebook to court today, filing a patent infringement lawsuit against the social media giant.

The decision for BlackBerry to decide to sue so late into the dominance of Facebook and its network of apps was, uh, surprising. The lawsuit followed years of negotiation and BlackBerry has an obligation to shareholders to pursue appropriate legal remedies, she added.

Citing online court records, Reuters initially reported on the patent infringement suit brought by BlackBerry, while CNET collected additional information on the lawsuit, including statements from the Canadian firm and from Facebook.

The company explains that it acquired multiple patents related to BlackBerry Messenger, among other things, patents that Facebook is accused of infringing upon. The lawsuit has been filed by BlackBerry proper, not TCL, which is the Chinese company that's now making BlackBerry-branded smartphones. They're seeking an injunction that could shut down Facebook Messenger along with WhatsApp and Instagram.

"Blackerry's suit sadly reflects the current state of its messaging business", Facebook's Deputy General Counsel Paul GrewalGrewal said in the statement.

"In many respects, through BlackBerry Messenger and other research and development, BlackBerry helped pioneer modern mobile messaging", according to BlackBerry.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg holding a stack of papers that's not BlackBerry's lawsuit.

BlackBerry is demanding damages and an end to the patent violations. BBM was a much loved instant messaging service among BlackBerry users, it enabled them to send and receive messages without using standard messaging rates. BlackBerry, which once dominated the smartphone segment, has lost a lot of share after the arrival of the bunch of several other smartphone companies with innovating technologies. In addition, the company also notes that Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are "relative latecomers to the mobile messaging world".

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