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BlackBerry files dual lawsuits in Florida against BLU products

Blackberry files a pair of complaints against South Florida's BLU Products, alleging the economy handset vendor violated over a dozen IPs.

Published onAugust 19, 2016


BlackBerry is accusing Bold Like US, better known as BLU Products, of being a bit too bold. In a pair of lawsuit filing, the company claims that BLU Products infringed on BlackBerry patents and ignored an offer to license the tech in question.

In one of the two complaints, BlackBerry alleges that BLU’s Android devices unlawfully leverage of a dozen of the Ontario-based firm’s patents. Those include:

Patent 924 – method and apparatus for State/Mode Transitioning
Patent 060 – Method for Configuring a Telecommunication System
Patent 118 – Scattered Pilot Pattern and Channel Estimation Method for MIMO-OFDM Systems
Patent 567 – Detecting the Number of Transmit Antennas in a Base Station
Patent 034 – Method and System for Signaling Connection Release Indication
Patent 506 – Method and System for Signaling Connection Release Indication
Patent 335 – Systems, Devices and Methods for Training Sequence, Transmission and Reception
Patent 413 – Information Transmission Method, Mobile Communications System, Base Station in which ID Data is Reduced
Patent 868 – Software Code Signing System and Method
Patent 466 – Dynamic Bar Oriented User Interface
Patent 384 – Dynamic Bar Oriented User Interface
Patent 845 – Handheld Electronic Device Having Improved Phone Call Log and Associated Method
Patent 605 – Battery Disconnect System
Patent 149 – Handheld Electronic Device and Associated Method Providing Time Data in a Messaging Environment
Patent 449 – System Compositing Images from Multiple Applications

BlackBerry alleged that it offered BLU a FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) for licensing the patents cited in the complaints. But it stated that this offer was ignored. The complaints were filed in the US District Court in the Southern District of Florida, were Doral, Fla.-based BLU Products is headquartered.

With Blackberry slowly fading into obscurity when it comes to the handset market, it makes sense the company would turn to its software, patents, and enterprise expertise as a way to keep the company afloat. With more pressure applied on it, it’s more than likely BLU will come around and settle with Blackberry.

What do you think of BLU’s decision to ignore Blackberry? Is Blackberry just in its pursuit of a lawsuit? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.