Blackberry faces off against Facebook

Written by Mark Evans

Blackberry has accused Facebook of copying features from Blackberry Messenger for its WhatsApp and Instagram apps in a US lawsuit.

The Canadian firm is seeking to mine its substantial patents bases (estimated at around 40,000 patents) and believes that many features of its then (2005) ground-breaking messaging system have been copied. Facebook started its services six years later.

Blackberry is also engaged in a dispute with Nokia, and has settled a series of other patent suits.

Facebook has denied the claims and stated that it intends to fight the suit.