BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest's startup for smartphone keyboard infringement

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Jan 03, 2014 06:46 PM EST

Today, BlackBerry announced that it is suing Typo Products, the startup co-founded by American media personality Ryan Seacrest. The said lawsuit revolves around Typo's $99 smartphone keyboard, according to VentureBeat.

Typo plans to show off the said device at next week's Consumer Electronic Show. The said hardware attaches to the iPhone5 and allows typo-free typing for its users. This sounds like a good idea, except that BlackBerry thinks the device is too similar to the keyboard on its own handsets, the report explained.

In a statement, BlackBerry general counsel Steve Zipperstein said of Typo's invention: "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."

In today's report, VentureBeat featured a side-by-side comparison between Typo's attachment keyboard and Blackberry's Q10 handset. The said report concluded with a statement that the Typo device seemed to have been designed by BlackBerry itself.

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