Blackberry has announced that is has sued Typo Product, a company of Ryan Seacrest that is launching a physical keyboard that users could snap up onto their iPhone 5S and iPhone 5. Blackberry has alleged in the lawsuit that the keyboard of Typo Product has overbearing resemblance to the physical keyboards of Blackberry phones.
Typo Product has been founded by TV host and media celebrity Ryan Seacrest and its product Typo Keyboard was going to be open for pre-order this month. Blackberry’s law suit against Typo is based on patent infringement and that the physical keyboard case of Typo was a blatant copy of Blackberry’s physical keyboards found on Blackberry devices.
A Statement from blackberry reads like this:
“This is a blatant infringement against BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard, and we will vigorously protect our intellectual property against any company that attempts to copy our unique design. From the beginning, BlackBerry has always focused on offering an exceptional typing experience that combines a great design with ergonomic excellence. We are flattered by the desire to graft our keyboard onto other smartphones, but we will not tolerate such activity without fair compensation for using our intellectual property and our technological innovations.
The Typo Keyboard violates BlackBerry’s intellectual property rights, and BlackBerry will protect those rights from blatant copying and infringement. BlackBerry’s iconic physical keyboard designs have been recognized by the press and the public as a significant market differentiator for its mobile handheld devices, said Steve Zipperstein, BlackBerry’s General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer.”