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Facebook lost in court, apps like WhatsApp and Instagram are theoretically banned in Germany due to patent infringements.


These days, a look at Facebook apps is exciting, because messengers like WhatsApp are now theoretically banned in this country. A not yet final ruling fell in favor of Blackberry, which is suing Facebook and its services. In its current form, Facebook can no longer offer some of its own applications, including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram.

Through the functions of the applications, Facebook infringes several patents that Blackberry owns. While Blackberry has missed the smartphone train, Facebook is riding a wave of success with its smartphone services. Blackberry doesn’t see itself as a patent troll just to make money from such subsequent lawsuits.

Facebook can no longer offer WhatsApp and Instagram in Germany

A court spokeswoman made clear: “The judgments actually mean offering and delivering the above-mentioned applications in the RFA for use in the RFA. prohibitedto the extent that they use the patents in question “.

The court ruled in favor of Blackberry in nine cases. However, Facebook will not disable its own smartphone services. Instead, it will be rebuilt, as confirmed to SZ: “We plan to adapt our products accordingly so that we can continue to offer them in Germany.”

Facebook is rebuilding

These are technical niceties, for which Facebook is sure to quickly find its own solutions. In the worst case, Facebook would simply have to license the patents, but in my opinion popular apps will by no means disappear from the German market.

Users don’t seem to have anything to worry about. However, notable consequences cannot be ruled out. Features could be rebuilt or drastically changed.

SZ, @lsawesome