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BlackBerry Goes After Ryan Seacrest's 'Typo' Keyboard

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Jan 3, 2014, 1:10 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

BlackBerry today filed a patent infringement lawsuit against a start-up called Typo. Typo, which was founded by Laurence Hallier and Ryan Seacrest, announced the pending availability of a keyboard accessory that attaches to the Apple iPhone. The accessory is meant to help iPhone owners type on their device. According to BlackBerry, Typo lifted its design from BlackBerry. "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," said the company. BlackBerry contends that its physical keyboards are one of its market differentiators. The lawsuit was filed in California.

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Jan 13, 2014, 2:29 PM

Motorola Xprt

How come they didnt go after Motorola for ripping off the Blackberry keyboard with the Motorola Xprt?

Jan 3, 2014, 1:47 PM

They got a point.

Put a picture of the Typo next to a picture of the Q10, and they look pretty darn the same. 🤨

BlackBerry is probably just upset that they didn't think of this before. This could've probably been what brought them back.
BB should have waited, and sue after it makes some money!
Then again, the thing is hideous and makes the iphone like 8 inches long. Perhaps it wouldn't have sold very well
Yeah, I was all set to gripe about blackberry being desperate (they are) and ridiculous (not so much, it turns out), but then I looked at a picture of the Typo. Wow. Not only are the white stripes and zero-edge form copied, but most of the numbers an...
Yeah, there's a lot more validity to this then there is with Apple's claim to have patented rectangles with rounded corners.
Blackberry is the only reason keyboards still exists! To this day, I still miss real keyboards, and retain bitter resentment towards the industry as a whole for not continuing to offer at least one model with a real keyboard.

Jan 3, 2014, 6:17 PM

Read Seacrest's comment to CNN

Interviewer: So it’s the best thing about a BlackBerry, within the iPhone.
Ryan Seacrest: That’s kind of how this came to fruition.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/01/blackberr ... »

Seacrest: Out!

Jan 3, 2014, 2:52 PM

how about...

Selling to mophie and making this into a juice pack. And while you're at it, stick a microSD card slot in there and an NFC antenna and qi wireless charging circuit in there too. I'd actually consider using an iPhone with an accessory like that.
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