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Facebook sues BlackBerry, claims it stole voice-messaging technology

Facebook sues BlackBerry of stealing voice-messaging tech, escalates legal battle

Robert Burnson | Bloomberg 


Inc is suing Ltd for patent infringement, escalating the legal battle between the two over protected technology.

In a 118-page complaint filed Tuesday in San Francisco federal court, accused of stealing its voice messaging technology, among other patented processes. is seeking unspecified damages for infringement of six patents.

didn’t immediately respond to messages sent outside regular business hours seeking comment on the suit.

In addition to the voice-messaging patent, Facebook cites infringement of patented technology that improves how a mobile device delivers graphics, video and audio and another that centralizes tracking and analysis of GPS data.

In March, BlackBerry sued Facebook in federal court in Los Angeles, accusing the social media giant of infringing on its mobile messaging patents.

BlackBerry claimed Facebook made unauthorized use of its technology in its own instant messenger service, Facebook Messenger, and in WhatsApp Messenger and Instagram.

First Published: Wed, September 05 2018. 21:44 IST