Suffice it to say that BlackBerry and Ryan Seacrest are not the best of friends. It looks even more like Ryan won't be running out to get a BlackBerry Classic or Passport anytime soon. BlackBerry has filed suit against the Seacrest's Typo 2 keyboard claiming that Typo's new keyboard for the iPhone has been. "slavishly copied...down to the smallest detail, including the the layout of the keyboard itself, the shapes of the keys, and the surface sculpting of the keys."
This is not the first time that BlackBerry has sued Seacrest's Typo for patent infringement. BlackBerry won an injunction against Typo to halt sales of the Typo keyboard, and then just two weeks ago, won $860,000 in sanctions from Typo who was found in violation of the injunction. Typo had been selling their first keyboard outside of the USA, which violated the injunction.
In this round of lawsuits, BlackBerry claims again that, "Just as they did with the Typo Keyboard, Defendants have again copied numerous proprietary BlackBerry designs and patents in the Typo2 Keyboard," states the complaint. "The Typo2 Keyboard still blatantly copies BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard trade dress designs that have been embodied in numerous BlackBerry smartphones from the 2007 BlackBerry 8800 to the current Q10 and Classic models. The Typo2 Keyboard also infringes numerous BlackBerry utility patents related to BlackBerry’s proprietary keyboard design, backlighting and typing automation technologies."
Although both parties are to meet for mediation, Typo declined to comment on the lawsuit. BlackBerry wants ""to put an end to Defendants' pattern and practice of unlawful conduct."
We shall wait and see if the court decides whether Typo has indeed harmed BlackBerry with their Typo 2 keyboard. We will keep you informed of any updates and rulings in this matter.
Source: Hollywood Reporter