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When BlackBerry filed their patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook, I was wondering if they would eventually follow it up with a lawsuit against Snapchat given the similarities between the apps. Turns out, I didn't have to wait much longer to find out as BlackBerry has now filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Snap Inc.

The patents in question:

  • 8,209,634 - Previewing a new event on a small screen device
  • 8,301,713 - Handheld electronic device and associated method providing time data in a messaging environment
  • 7,970,849 - Handheld electronic device and associated method providing time data in a messaging environment
  • 8,825,084 - System and method for determining action spot locations relative to the location of a mobile device
  • 8,326,327 - System and method for determining action spot locations relative to the location of a mobile device
  • 8,296,351 - System and method for pushing information to a mobile device
  • 8,676,929 - System and method for pushing information to a mobile device

You can check out the full case filing below but as expected, it shares some of the same patents as those in question against Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram. What it also shares is the fact that in all cases, Snap Inc. was informed via "Notice of Infringement" and invited discuss the matters before litigation was processed.

Via: Law360