BlackBerry has filed a lawsuit against Typo Products over iconic Keyboard case for the iPhone
BlackBerry says it has filed a copyright infringement suit against Typo Products, co-founded by Ryan Seacrest. Typo Products had earlier designed an iconic keyboard case for the iPhone which gave users the freedom to type with physical keys.
Typo Products LLC created the slip-on keyboard for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S with the aim of making typing on the iPhone quicker with less typos. But the struggling smartphone vendor, BlackBerry is convinced that Typo Products violated its intellectual property rights for copying BlackBerry’s own keyboard designs.
Typo Products should have taken things a little bit slower by developing a new design, but it chose to copy BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard. BlackBerry Q10 represents one of such smartphones using the iconic keyboard concept. This development forced BlackBerry to file a lawsuit against Typo Products in the Northern District of California.
“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,” Steve Zipperstein, BlackBerry’s General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer remarked.
Typo’s iconic Keyboard case for the iPhone would be debuted at the Consumer Electronic Show 2014 in Las Vagas.