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BlackBerry files a lawsuit against Avaya for infringing on patents

BlackBerry claims Avaya has infringed on eight of its US patents

CEO John Chen spoke of BlackBerry's IP portfolio as "one of the youngest patent portfolios in the entire industry, so monetisation of our patents is an important aspect of our turnaround."
CEO John Chen spoke of BlackBerry's IP portfolio as "one of the youngest patent portfolios in the entire industry, so monetisation of our patents is an important aspect of our turnaround."

BlackBerry is suing Avaya for infringing on eight of its US patents connected to mobile communications.

The patents which have allegedly been used between 1998 and 2011, include 9143801, 8964849, 8116739, 8886212, 8688439, 7440561, 8554218 and 737296.

According to the Phone Arena, in the complaint, BlackBerry states that Avaya used BlackBerry's proprietary technology in a range of different products. It is also believed that BlackBerry wrote to Avaya on 17th December 2015 about the infringements on patents, however it is unclear whether BlackBerry received an unsatisfactory response, or no response at all.  

BlackBerry's lawsuit revealed: "Throughout its history, BlackBerry has demonstrated a commitment to innovation, including through its investments in research and development, which have totalled more than $5.5 billion over the past five years. BlackBerry has protected the technical innovations resulting from these investments, including through seeking patent protection, and as detailed below, BlackBerry owns rights to an array of patented technologies in the United States."

CEO John Chen spoke of BlackBerry's IP portfolio as "one of the youngest patent portfolios in the entire industry, so monetisation of our patents is an important aspect of our turnaround."