CANADIAN PHONE MAKER BlackBerry has launched its second (and third) patent-related lawsuit this month, this time against Android smartphone maker BLU.
BlackBerry owns more than 40,000 patents, and has started to put them to good use. Just weeks after targeting telephony outfit Avaya, the company has filed two lawsuits against budget phone maker BLU alleging that the firm infringes a whopping 15 patents.
These patents include 7,969,924 (Method and apparatus for state/mode transitioning), 8,489,868 (Software code signing system and method) and 8,402,384 (Dynamic bar-oriented user interface).
It wouldn't be surprising to see BlackBerry gunning after other Android smartphone makers given the generic description of these patents, in particular for a 'dynamic bar-oriented user interface'.
Right now, though, BlackBerry's sights are set firmly on BLU. The firm claimed in the lawsuit that "BLU infringes multiple BlackBerry patents by using, without authorisation, BlackBerry’s proprietary technology in BLU’s commercial mobile devices".
The suit also asserted that “BLU has earned substantial revenue selling 2G, 3G and LTE-compliant products that use BlackBerry’s technology".
The company moaned that "those sales have propelled BLU to become, in its own words, 'one of the fastest growing mobile phone manufacturers in the world'".
BLU has sold more than 30 million Android and Windows phones worldwide, according to reports.
BlackBerry said that it attempted to resolve the matter by offering BLU fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms to legally license its patents, but that BLU apparently ignored the offer to negotiate a settlement.
“Despite efforts by BlackBerry to negotiate, Blu has persisted in importing, selling and offering for sale a substantial volume of standard-compliant products that use BlackBerry’s SEP technology without a licence,” reads the complaints.
BlackBerry and BLU have not commented on the lawsuit.
BlackBerry's latest legal attack comes just weeks after the firm launched a patent assault on Avaya, alleging the infringement of eight patents. µ
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