Snapchat Sued Over Electronic Messaging Patents

Venice, California-based Snap, Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, has been sued in a patent infringement suit, by a company called Vaporstream. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in the Ninth Circuit of the California Central District Court (Vaporstream Inc v. Snap Inc), and cites a number of patents which were granted to Vaporstream in July of 2005 for Vaporstream's secure messaging products. Vaporstream says it develops "secure, ephemeral and compliant messaging" for the financial industry. One of the company's patents covers a system where an "electronic message is permanently automatically deleted from the system at a predetermined time".