The last, sorry-looking BlackBerry on the bush
When big technology companies have run out of steam and ideas, their last desperate gasp for survival often comes in the form of suing people for really silly things.
BlackBerry might have once been king of mobile messaging, but now those days have gone, it’s going to sue a company that is
. Facebook and its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram have been hit with a 117-page filing.
The patent-focused complaint covers even the simplest little things like unread message counts and displaying messaging-related icons.
Companies have a duty to protect their patents, and in the end this is just business. But it’s a poor look and a sad decline for a once proud brand. People don’t build companies with plans for them to become a fistful of patents fought over by lawyers. If I was a founder of BlackBerry, I’d be looking on with embarrassment today.
It’s hard not to agree with Facebook’s statement on the subject:
“Blackberry’s suit sadly reflects the current state of its messaging business. Having abandoned its efforts to innovate, Blackberry is now looking to tax the innovation of others. We intend to fight.”