BlackBerry has announced that it has filed a copying and infringement lawsuit against Typo, the recently unveiled keyboard case designed for Apple iPhones, and the hearing will be continued at Northern District of California for violating the Canadian company’s intellectual property.
The company has said in the statement that it will vigorously protect its intellectual property against any firms, who copies its designs. Steve Zipperstein, BlackBerry’s General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer said,
“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.”
However, Ryan Seacrest, founder of Typo released the statement to Mashable that it will also defend itself “vigorously”. He said,
“Although we respect Blackberry and its intellectual property, we believe that Blackberry’s claims against Typo lack merit and we intend to defend the case vigorously.”
Typo was founded in 2013 by TV host Ryan Seacrest and Laurence Hallier and both have invested more than $1 million already and expect to invest more than $5 million for future development and marketing. The keyboards said to be showcased at CES 2014 event at Las Vegas and begun to taking pre-order for $99.
[Source: BlackBerry] [Via: Mashable]