We are flattered…but we will not tolerate such activity: BlackBerry files lawsuit against Typo
“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, said in a statement.
The keyboard is a fundamental part of BlackBerry’s enterprise services, allowing for easier typing than a touch screen keyboard. It’s a well-loved feature for BlackBerry users, and a reason why many companies choose BlackBerry over its competitors.
“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,” concluded Zipperstein.
BlackBerry believes that the Typo Keyboard violates BlackBerry’s intellectual property rights. The company said in a statement that its physical keyboard has been recognized by the media and the public as ‘a significant market differentiator for its mobile handheld devices.’ In an attempt to protect its intellectual property rights, BlackBerry has filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California against Seacrest’s startup.
Typo’s keyboard will be available for pre-order this month, for $99. It’s set to officially debut next week, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014) in Las Vegas. Users will be able to get their hands on the accessory, to see for themselves how much of a resemblance there is to BlackBerry’s much-loved rounded keyboard.
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