Blackberry files lawsuit against Typo Products LLC over patent infringement

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5th January 2014
Blackberry has announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California against Typo Products LLC alleging patent infringement over Typo's keyboard case for the iPhone 5. Blackberry claims that Typo has blatantly copied Blackberry's keyboard with its iPhone keyboard case that is designed to slip on to the latest iPhone devices.

Intellectual property rights
Blackberry claims that the Typo Keyboard violates Blackberry's intellectual property rights, and that it will protect those rights from any perceived copying and infringement. Blackberry claim that its keyboard design is a significant market differentiator for its handheld mobile devices and makes a phone easily recognisable as a Blackberry because of it.

Typo Products LLC was founded by entrepreneur Laurence Hallier and TV host and media personality Ryan Seacrest with a desire to develop a keyboard for the iPhone. The keyboard which is 1/4 inch in thickness and a less than 3/4 in length is currently available for pre-order.

Steve Zipperstein, BlackBerry's General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer said “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.”

Blackberry are a global leader in Wireless communication devices whose headquarters are based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The company was founded by Mike Lazaridis and they are best known for their Blackberry Smartphones and the Playbook Tablet, although they also produce software for businesses including the Blackberry Operating System.

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