I don’t think that it comes a big shocker that, after removing Kik Messenger from BlackBerry App World followed by suspending Kik Messenger push messages to existing BlackBerry Kik Messenger users and throwing terms like “breached contractual obligations” around, Research in Motion has filed a patent infringement law suit against Kik Interactive Inc., the company behind Kick Messenger.
I think that it is a pretty safe bet that Kik Messenger will never again be supported on the BlackBerry platform. This lawsuit, however, brings into question the future of Kick Messenger on other platforms. Details on which patents RIM believes Kik has infringed on aren’t yet available but something tells me that that Kik Messenger’s “sent,” “delivered,” and “read” flags are a big part of the problem.
Will we see a cease and desist next for all Kik services? I think that chances are good…
Keep grasping for straws RIM. Not even BBM will save you.
hmmm wonder what is patented that isn’t in use by the other players in cross-platform IM?