Three Years Later, BlackBerry Settles Lawsuit with Fellow Waterloo Company Kik

In 2010, free instant messaging app Kik Messenger launched on RIM's BlackBerry platform. Gathering a million users in just two weeks, it was instant success—and instantly seen as a direct competitor to BBM, a vital organ to RIM's mobile platform.

Soon after, RIM ceased push support of Kik, launched a lawsuit against CEO Ted Livingston, and later pulled the app completely from what was then called App World. Kik then appeared on the iOS, Android, and WP7, but it was only a ghost to RIM users.

Now BlackBerry has finally settled its lawsuit against the fellow Waterloo-based company, which was started by one of BlackBerry's former co-op students. The settlement, which was reached last month, ends all legal action between them. However, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The lawsuit was for patent infringement.

Today, Kik has 90 million users across all platforms—30 million more than BBM for BlackBerry. The smartphone maker this year finally relented and decided to offer BBM on iOS and Android, only to have its launch fail miserably.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry faces a new lawsuit of its own.

Company:
BlackBerry
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only... more

Company:
Kik
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Kik was founded in 2009, when a small but incredibly passionate group of University of Waterloo students decided to build a company that would shift the center of computing from the PC to the smartphone. Fast forward to today, and Kik has become the best way to connect with friends, no matter where you meet them. And unlike other messengers, Kik uses usernames - not phone numbers - as the basis... more


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Knowlton Thomas

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Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and martial arts. more




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