News by Andrew Kameka on Friday January 03, 2014.
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When he's not busy hosting a show that empowers or dashes the dreams of American singers, Ryan Seacrest backs a company that built a BlackBerry-style keyboard to slide onto an iPhone. Unfortunately for him, BlackBerry thinks the Typo keyboard takes a little too much from its style and has filed suit against the company.
Typo Keyboard is a Bluetooth keyboard case that slides onto an iPhone and delivers a QWERTY keyboard for the people who love their iPhones but miss the ability to type by tapping physical buttons. The problem with the keyboard is that the design bears an obvious resemblance to BlackBerry thanks to its keys that slant in two directions and have a layout reminiscent of BlackBerry products. Typo costs $99 and is expected to begin shipping to pre-order customers beginning this month. The lawsuit threatens to eat away at any potential profit and could lead to costly penalties if a judge rules against the Typo's creators.
BlackBerry Chief Legal Officer Steve Zipperstein issued the following statement about the case.
"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"source: BlackBerry, via: MobileSyrup
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.