RIM Attempts to Kill the Competition, Files Lawsuit Against Kik Interactive. #rim #kik

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The whole RIM vs. Kik slap fight just got a lot more serious today, with RIM pulling out the big guns (read: lawyers). The two are officially going to court after…wait for it…patent infringement. Before we delve any deeper, we’ll start with this — There’s a basic cycle that companies born into a free market society go through, which more or less follows the path highlighted below:

  • Birth — Market yourself as a new exciting startup that is better than “the big guys”. (read: more consumer friendly)
  • Compete with and start to gain market share against big competitors.
  • Surpass the old, outdated competitors and become “the leader” yourself.
  • Fail to innovate, grow complacent in your ways, and begin turning into the old “competitor” that you replaced so long ago.
  • Have your company and service trumped by a new exciting startup.
  • Sue said startup for patent infringement, copyright theft, and anything else you can find to keep yourself in business.
  • Repeat

With that out of the way, hop inside to continue on…

If you recall, RIM’s original statement in defense of yanking Kik from App World went as follows:

RIM became aware of a number of issues and customer concerns regarding the Kik app and service. Following discussions with Kik, the app was removed from BlackBerry App World on November 12. Upon further investigation, RIM concluded that Kik had breached contractual obligations. Based on the broad scope and seriousness of the issues and concerns, RIM terminated its agreements with Kik and withdrew RIM’s support for Kik’s service.

From the statement above, we get the impression from RIM that Kik was doing some potentially malicious things with either users’ data or planned on doing said things. But as the story progresses, the nefarious claims on RIM’s part don’t appear to be the real issue — at least not anymore. Instead, it looks more like RIM getting spooked by Kik’s growing success as a chatting application on the BlackBerry platform. But in all honesty, that doesn’t make sense either. Kik is a cross-platform app and brought an easy-to-use messaging service to not only BlackBerries, but Android and iOS devices as well. However, RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger is different in that it is tied solely to BlackBerry devices.

So far, RIM has only filed the lawsuit in Canadian courts under court filing T-1996-10. Though, expect to see a U.S. lawsuit follow not too far behind.

We’ll keep following the lawsuit to see where it leads.


Source: David Lam
Via: CrackBerry

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