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BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest’s Typo over iPhone keyboard


Blackberry Ltd. mentioned Friday it had filed a suit in a California court in opposition to Los Angeles firm Typo merchandise for violating its patents with a Blackberry-like keyboard made for Apple’s iPhone.

The struggling Canadian maker of the Blackberry smartphone said that Typo’s $99 keyboard case, which attaches a Blackberry-like physical keyboard to an iPhone 5, “blatantly copied BlackBerry’s keyboard.”

“This is a blatant infringement against BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard, and we can vigorously protect our intellectual property against any firm that attempts to copy our unique design,” said Blackberry’s chief legal officer Steve Zipperstein.

“We are flattered by using the will to graft our keyboard onto other smartphones, however we can no longer tolerate such activity without honest compensation for the usage of our intellectual property and our technological improvements,” he said in a remark.

Typo was created by media entrepreneur Laurence Hallier and show-biz personality Ryan Seacrest, together with inventor-designers Ryan Hyde and Jonathan Goodrich.

The corporate’s website online said it’s taking pre-orders for the Typo keyboard case, with the products to be shipped this month.

Blackberry is searching for to turn round its fortunes after losing a leadership place within the cell phone and smartphone trade.

In December it pronounced an immense $4.4 billion loss in its third quarter, four occasions the previous quarter’s loss, as its smartphone gross sales slumped through 1/2.

The company announced ultimate month that Taiwan-based Hon Hai/Foxconn whose China factories produce merchandise for Apple will improve and manufacture a number of new gadgets and lend a hand take care of inventory for Blackberry.