Kik founder Ted Livingston started off his messaging service after working at BlackBerry while he was an engineering and mechatronics student at the University of Waterloo starting in 2007. He developed the rival cross platform messenger to BBM after trying to convince BlackBerry to do it. In an interview with the Globe & Mail he said that:
“They absolutely refused and they said, ‘No, we won’t do that,’” he told The Globe and Mail in a recent interview. “To be fair, from their perspective it was hard. They said, ‘People are buying BlackBerrys for BBM. That was a real risk.”
Ted supposedly kept BlackBerry in the loop when he developed Kik and even told BlackBerry in 2010 that he would stop Kik if BBM was taken cross platform. BlackBerry reportedly said no and the rest is history except for a lawsuit. BlackBerry sued Kik in late 2010 patent infringement, claiming it made “false and/or misleading statements” and caused “confusion” in the market between Kik and BBM.
According to the Globe & Mail that lawsuit is now settled and that ends all legal action between them. Neither company has commented about the settlement other than confirming it.