RIM Goes After the Little Guy, Sues Former Employee’s Messaging Service

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion is suing a former employee whose instant-messaging service made a remarkable debut last month.

Kik Interactive was started by Ted Livingston, who used to work for RIM. Livingstons Ontario-based startup made a major splash in November when its Kik Messenger application recorded a whopping 2 million users in the days following its release.

RIM had no comment on the patent-infringement lawsuit for Postmedia News, but its clear that the phone-making giant thinks Kik Messenger is too similar to its BlackBerry Messenger service. Kik Messenger lets you send instant messages and see when theyve been delivered and read. It not only operates on BlackBerrys, but also on Android phones and iPhones.

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