Skip to Content
Silicon Valley

BlackBerry is suing Facebook for infringing its patents

March 7, 2018

The Canadian former phone maker claims that the social network has coopted its innovations.

The news:  CNBC reports that BlackBerry is suing Facebook and its subsidiaries, WhatsApp and Instagram, for infringing patents covering things like message notifications and image tagging.

The response: Facebook’s deputy general counsel, Paul Grewal, said it would fight the suit and accused BlackBerry of trying to tax the innovation of other firms after running out of its own ideas.

Backstory: BlackBerry previously sued several other companies for alleged patent infringements. Targets included BLU, a phone maker; Avaya, a communications company; and Nokia. BLU settled its case by inking a licensing agreement.

Why it matters: Some of the patents, like one for message notification, lay claim to widely used approaches. If the suit succeeds, BlackBerry could go after more tech firms.

Keep Reading

Most Popular

This startup wants to copy you into an embryo for organ harvesting

With plans to create realistic synthetic embryos, grown in jars, Renewal Bio is on a journey to the horizon of science and ethics.

VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence

On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.

This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine

Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.