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RIM Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Kik

Kik main page banner When we first heard that RIM pulled the Kik app from App World and then revoked their code signing keys we knew there was more to the story. Turns out RIM filed a patent lawsuit against Kik for patent infringement. While RIM is usually on the receiving end of these lawsuits it will be interesting to see how it goes.

We know that the CEO of Kik, Ted Livingston, worked at RIM while he was a student at the University of Waterloo and Kik is just down the street from RIM. This makes me wonder if Ted did not take some of RIM’s technology to power Kik…

You can check out the court file T-1996-10 spotted by David Lam. It should be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out.

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  1. The Kik saga just keeps getting more interesting.

  2. Maybe he did. But in this day and age, a lot of platform processes are like that of device themes. They start looking alike. Not defending other sides, but it’s funny how Motorola sues Apple who sues RIM who sues Kik…and so on. At some point, people begin or come to the same concept as someone else.

    • I totally agree but something in the back of my mind makes me think he may be using RIM’s BBM server infrastructure or code… Who knows

    • Our USA patent system is SO broken. Patents on software shouldn’t be allowed. And our patent examiners need better resources (and more examiners!) to determine what is truly something new and deserving of patent protection and what is just evolutionary or obvious. There are THOUSANDS of patents out there on stuff that most of us would consider “obvious”, and “obvious” isn’t worthy of patenting.

  3. I don’t know how coding and all that patent stuff works, but will this affect Kik iPhone and Android users as well?

    I’m interested in what Livingston’s defense will be.

  4. I can’t believe I’m still hearing about Rim & Kik patent lawsuits! They’re essentially the same products, of course they are going to have similarities. They need a refresher of the definition of Patent Infringement ( ). I can only imagine the amount of head-aches of attorneys have when it comes to this stuff.

  5. If your patent has been infringed, and you are about to enter into a patent infringement lawsuit, you need to know that you are entering into a very risky venture. In addition to being expensive, it is a process that can take years. And you could still go to trial and lose!

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