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Blackberry Files Lawsuit Against Facebook Over Messaging

The Canadian business software provider, Blackberry Ltd., filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the world’s largest social network, Facebook Inc., along with its Instagram and WhatsApp subsidiaries, claiming that they copied technology and features from its Blackberry Messenger, the company said on Tuesday.

“We have a strong claim that Facebook has infringed on our intellectual property, and after several years of dialogue, we also have an obligation to our shareholders to pursue appropriate legal remedies,” Blackberry said.

The mobile technology is seeking an injunction and damages for lost profits.

“By this action, Blackberry seeks to put an end to the defendants’ unauthorized use of Blackberry’s patented technologies and to obtain compensation for the harm Blackberry has suffered,” the suit said.

“We have a lot of respect for Facebook and the value they’ve placed on messaging capabilities, some of which were invented by Blackberry,” the telecommunications firm’s spokeswoman, Sarah McKinney, said in a statement.

Facebook’s deputy general counsel on the legal action, Paul Grewal, provided a statement saying that “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.”

Blackberry, after leaving the manufacture of its once-popular smartphones, which it also pioneered, has refocused its core business on cybersecurity software and services.

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