A few weeks ago, we covered a story on how Ryan Seacrest invested $1 million dollars of his own money into a iPhone keyboard case called the “Typo Keyboard“. The product has not yet launched, but will be unveiled at this year's International CES 2014 in Las Vegas which takes place next week.
The American Idol host accounted the need for this type of product after a long period of carrying around two phones. He and his friends would use a Blackberry for email/texting then switch to their iPhone for everything. Due to this, he set out to develop an iPhone case that utilizes a physical Bluetooth keyboard which consequently appears to be identical to the one found on most BlackBerry devices.
The Typo Keyboard has gotten a lot of press since its unveiling, but BlackBerry isn't too happy with the idea. A press release was issued today which showed statements from Steve Zipperstein, BlackBerry's General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer:
“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,”
“BlackBerry’s iconic physical keyboard designs have been recognized by the press and the public as a significant market differentiator for its mobile handheld devices,”
The lawsuit was officially filed in the Northern District of California, but there is no further details upon the amount BlackBerry is seeking. As of right now, the Typo Keyboard is taking pre-orders at $99 per case and is said to begin shipping sometime this month. Feel free to check out the source links for more details.