Blackberry Filed a Lawsuit Against Ryan Seacrest’s Typo Case for iPhone


Remember the Typo Case for iPhone, backed by TV celebrity Ryan Seacrest? The Typo case for iPhone 5/5S was taking pre-orders and expected to hit the stage at the Consumers Electronics Show next week with shipments expected this month.

Recently, Blackberry has announced that they filed a lawsuit against Typo in the Northern District of California for infringing Blackberry patents.

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The case slips into an iPhone and connects to it wirelessly via Bluetooth, allowing users to type using the keyboard rather than the touch screne.

‘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. “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.”

Recently, the folks at Typo issued a statement to Mashable and said the lawsuit “lacks merit” and they will defend it rigorously. Additionally, they mentioned that the product will launch at the Consumers Electronics Show next week, and will begin shipping pre-orders by the end of this month.

We are aware of the lawsuit that Blackberry filed today against Typo Products. Although we respect Blackberry and its intellectual property, we believe that Blackberry’s claims against Typo lack merit and we intend to defend the case vigorously.  We are excited about our innovative keyboard design, which is the culmination of years of development and research.  The Typo keyboard has garnered an overwhelmingly positive response from the public.  We are also looking forward to our product launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week and remain on track to begin shipping pre-orders at the end of January.

Source: The Next Web