Dawn Ellmore Employment analyses BlackBerry’s battle with Twitter over patent infringement

One year after going after Facebook for violating messaging patents, BlackBerry is suing Twitter for patent infringement.

In what could be a significant lawsuit, BlackBerry accuses Twitter of infringing on its intellectual property (IP) and has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the social network giant.

Basis of Blackberry’s patent infringement case

The lawsuit is BlackBerry Ltd v Twitter Inc, US District Court, Central District of California, No. 19-01444. It says that Twitter is co-opting BlackBerry’s inventions as the former seeks to compensate for being a “relative latecomer” to mobile messaging.

BlackBerry accuses Twitter of co-opting services including the main application and Twitter Ads, and says the latter company is infringing six of BlackBerry’s patents. The lawsuit goes on to say that Twitter succeeded in diverting consumers away from BlackBerry’s products and services” and towards its own. It did this, alleges BlackBerry, by “misappropriating features that made BlackBerry a critical and commercial success in the first place.”

Twitter has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

BlackBerry’s long-standing history  

BlackBerry, which launched in 1985, was one of the first major tech brands to provide messaging services, including its revolutionary BlackBerry Messenger. It was known in particular for its mobile email devices and, during the 2000s, was the must-have brand.

However, when the Ontario-based company came up against the likes of the iPhone from Apple, Samsung’s Galaxy and a swathe of Android-based smartphones, consumers lost interest in BlackBerry and its market share dwindled. By 2016, BlackBerry shifted its focus to software that manages mobile devices and into other sectors, including self-driving vehicles.

Lawsuit against Twitter continues

The current complaint is filed with the US District Court in Los Angeles and is similar to other patent infringement cases filed by BlackBerry. In March 2018, BlackBerry filed legal complaints against Facebook Inc and Snap Inc. In August, US District Judge George Wu allowed most of the infringement claims to go ahead, and they remain pending. As the same judge is usually assigned cases that are considered “related” to each other, it’s likely that Judge Wu will take on the case against Twitter.

The patent infringement lawsuit specifies six IPs, including mobile advertising techniques, push notifications, and a feature that allows users to silence notifications for a specific message thread. Legal language used by BlackBerry in the lawsuit filing is similar to that of the complaint against Facebook. This targets a number of features used in messaging, including messaging in games, timestamps, unread message notifications and a feature that allows users to tag friends and family in photos.

Its complaint against Snap is also over six patents, in particular on its IP for the Snap Map and its ephemeral messages. While it’s not clear exactly what BlackBerry demands from the Snap lawsuit, it asks for monetary compensation in the case against Facebook.  

With these three major lawsuits underway against the biggest tech companies in the sector, it will be interesting to see how they play out for BlackBerry.

About Dawn Ellmore Employment

Dawn Ellmore Employment was incorporated in 1995 and is a market leader in intellectual property and legal recruitment.

9 Responses

  1. geraldine

    Amazing and interesting article i taught blackberry has lost it value go to see they can stand up and challenge twitter and facebook.

  2. Domonic Myers

    Some interesting details about the case, thanks Dawn Ellmore Employment. Seems to me Blackberry may be a bit sour that they missed the boat somewhat when it came to smartphones.

  3. Alton Gillett

    Two giants on a collision course? Twitter in a legal battle for infringing Blackberry’s patents. There must be lots of customers taken by Twitter. Thanks for the news Dawn Ellmore Employment.

  4. Mohammed Imran

    Great article Dawn Ellmore Employment! Interesting to read that there is a battle going on re intellectual property and the advent of modern methods of communication.

  5. Chips Royal

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  6. Sharmin Nahar

    This was really a detailed article review by Dawn Ellmore Employment about BlackBerry’s battle with Twitter. Thanks, Dawn Ellmore Employment for sharing the valuable analysis with us.

  7. James Temo

    Blackberry is sounding quite bitter, presumably because they haven’t been relevant in donkeys years. Fighting twitter isn’t the way to go – make a blackberry smartphone and make it better than the competition.

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