Facebook has filed a case in a San Francisco law court accusing BlackBerry of patent infringement. Bloomberg broke the story which takes the Facebook patent battle with BlackBerry to a whole new level. Early this year, BlackBerry took Facebook to court claiming patent infringement. BlackBerry wanted reparations for Facebook incorporating its protected technology in WhatsApp and Instagram.
A new turn in the Facebook patent battle with BlackBerry
This time, it is BlackBerry in the defendant’s booth. According court documents, BlackBerry is using “patented processes and technologies” without permission from Facebook. The patented technology incorporates “voice messaging, how a mobile device delivers graphics, and the tracking and analysis of GPS data.” The court documents do not specifically call out the amount Facebook wants in damages.
Different this time is that BlackBerry is famous for making other companies compensate it for using its intellectual property. The company has over 40,000 patents related to mobile technology globally. The Canadian tech company uses the royalties from the patents as a source of income.
Earning from patents
Last year alone, BlackBerry earned about $1 billion in damages from suits it presented to court claiming patent infringement. Qualcomm paid $940 million in royalty refunds after a court found the chipmaker guilty for using protected technology without permission. Same year, Nokia found itself prey to BlackBerry. Nokia was allegedly using BlackBerry’s 3G and 4G wireless technology without paying royalties to the former mobile phone giant. The company has other legal arrangements with other companies from whose royalty payments it gets revenue.
TCL uses BlackBerry’s brand to manufacture, sell and support BlackBerry handsets. However, it is unknown whether the Chinese electronics giant has sold any devices yet. This notwithstanding, the Chinese are already paying royalties to the Canadians.
In the Facebook patent battle with BlackBerry early this year, the Canadian tech company claimed the social network stalled dialogue. The social media giant refused to settle the suit outside of court. In a statement, BlackBerry said,
“As a cybersecurity and embedded software leader, BlackBerry’s view is that Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp could make great partners in our drive toward a securely connected future, and we continue to hold this door open to them.”