BlackBerry files patent infringement lawsuit against Twitter

The lawsuit is in the same line as those it filed against Facebook and Snap last year.

BlackBerry Ltd has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Twitter alleging that it illegally used technology that it developed on its mobile messaging applications.

The lawsuit states, Twitter wrongly sought to compensate for being a “relative latecomer” to mobile messaging by co-opting Blackberry’s inventions for such services as the main Twitter application and Twitter Ads, infringing six of the company’s patents.

The complaint goes on to read, Twitter “succeeded in diverting consumers away from BlackBerry’s products and services” and toward its own by misappropriating features that made BlackBerry “a critical and commercial success in the first place”.

Twitter’s spokesman declined comment.

BlackBerry’s lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, resembles the patent infringement cases that it filed in March and April 2018 against Facebook Inc and Snap Inc.

In August 2018, U.S. District Judge George Wu allowed BlackBerry to pursue most of its infringement claims in those lawsuits, which according to court records remain pending.

Incidentally, Wu may be assigned the case against Twitter since federal courts often assign cases deemed “related” to a single judge. The Facebook and Snap lawsuits were deemed related.

Having existed the smartphones market in 2016, BlackBerry has shifted its focus to software to manage mobile devices and other areas including self-driving cars.

The case is BlackBerry Ltd v Twitter Inc, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, No. 19-01444.

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