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BlackBerry sues Snap Inc’s Snapchat for patent infringement

BlackBerry’s back at it again. Not content with simply suing Facebook-owned WhatsApp for alleged patent infringement this year, BlackBerry is now suing Snap Inc’s Snapchat for doing the same.

According to BlackBerry, Snap “has used BlackBerry’s intellectual property to compete with it in the mobile messaging space”. These infringements are “damaging” BlackBerry’s business, it notes in its complaint.

Said intellectual property includes six patents — 8,825,084; 8,326,327; 8,301,713; 8,209,634; 8,296,351; and 8,676,929 — that it used and pioneered through BlackBerry Messenger.

These cover a broad spectrum, including Snap Map and Snap Ads. Additionally, Bloomberg notes that four of those six patents were also mentioned in the lawsuit against WhatsApp filed last month.

Snap has yet to issue a statement, and according to Mashable it hasn’t even looked at the lawsuit yet.

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Author | Andy Walker: Editor

Andy Walker: Editor
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