BlackBerry Sues Ryan Seacrest’s Startup Over iPhone Keyboard

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BlackBerry has filed a lawsuit against keyboard case maker Typo Products, a startup cofounded and funded by television host Ryan Seacrest, for allegedly infringing on BlackBerry’s keyboard patents.

Last month, Typo unveiled a keyboard case for the iPhone, which is scheduled to start shipping this month. Many publications, including this one, described it as an accessory that effectively turns the iPhone into a BlackBerry. It appears BlackBerry felt the same way.

“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,” Steve Zipperstein, BlackBerry’s general counsel and chief legal officer, said in a statement on Friday. “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.” Read more…

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