In October BlackBerry said it had settled with Florida-based Blu Products, which makes low-priced mobile devices, for an undisclosed sum following a patent lawsuit. "Litigation trends in the USA and overseas have made it hard for patent owners to enforce their rights in court, so bringing licensing customers to the table can be a slow and expensive process".
Facebook, as expected, has come out with intent to fight the lawsuit - while somewhat accusing the company of giving up on trying to stay relevant.
Facebook said it would fight the suit and its deputy general counsel, Paul Grewal, said that the filing "sadly reflects the current state of its messaging business".
Patent 8209634: This explains how BlackBerry could use badges with numbers in to show unread messages.
BlackBerry asks Facebook to be ordered to stop providing its main application as well as the Facebook Messenger, Workplace Chat, WhatsApp Messenger and Instagram apps.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg holding a stack of papers that's not BlackBerry's lawsuit.
While BlackBerry's suit may appear to be completely random, it might actually be part of a bigger strategy. A former U.S. magistrate, he joined Facebook's legal team in 2016 after overseeing cases including the vicious Apple vs Samsung patent fight.
Apart from the situation where Facebook has to pay the damages or make next to impossible changes to their apps, it could sign a patent licensing agreement with Blackberry which is already making efforts to improve their revenue by licensing patent portfolio.
For example, Facebook allows for cross-platform notifications and for Instagram users to share Stories directly to Facebook, features Blackberry says are based on its patented technology.
The litigation is similar to previous cases launched by Blackberry, which made the famous smartphones which were so addictive they were described as "crack berries".
Founded in 1984, BlackBerry has more than 40,000 global technology patents covering areas such as operating systems, networking infrastructure, acoustics, messaging, automotive subsystems, cybersecurity and wireless communications. On the other hand, BlackBerry previous year reached a settlement with Qualcomm under which the former agreed to pay $940 million to BlackBerry in order to resolve a dispute over royalty payments. It is very important to bear in mind that it is irrelevant if a service or product has become "common", the key aspect to consider is whether it was new and inventive at the priority date of the patent, which could be more than a decade ago.