Blackberry-maker sues startup for copyright infringement

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Blackberry-maker sues startup for copyright infringement

Jenny Williams

Blackberry-maker, Research in Motion (RIM) has taken legal action against software company, Kik, founded by a former employee, claiming the software startup instant messaging service rivals RIM's Blackberry Messenger.

Blackberry Messenger, also known as BBM, allows Blackberry users to communicate through instant messaging in real-time. Kik Messenger works in a similar way across operating system (OS) platforms, such as Apple's iOS and Google's Android as well as Blackberry's OS.

According to Reuters, a court filing by RIM claimed the chief executive, Ted Livington, of Canadian software start-up Kik used knowledge gained while working on the development of BBM as a former employee to create Kik Messenger.

In a blog post, Livington confirmed RIM's legal action. "The company that placed Kik on Blackberry App World without issue, the company that I shared our entire plan with, every step of the way, is suing us," he said.

"I wish we could have worked together to bring great things to all of our users. Maybe next time," he added.

The patent infringement suit has sought injunctions to shut down Kik's service, claiming three patents have been infringed. RIM has already removed Kik Messenger from its application store, App World, making it difficult for Kik's one million Blackberry users to use the rival messaging platform.

Kik has gained 2.5 million users since its launch on 19 October.


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