Blackberry has filed a lawsuit against an iPhone keyboard startup clearly based on Blackberry’s iconic keyboard.
The Typo Keyboard is a product of Typo, a company created by entrepreneur Laurence Hallier and TV personality Ryan Seacrest. The Typo Keyboard was due to be available for pre-order this month, however Blackberry has launched a lawsuit against the accessory because of its astonishing resemblance to Blackberry’s own keyboard, which has become an iconic pillar of design on Blackberry devices.
In a statement, Blackberry’s Steve Zipperstein (General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer) said:
“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. From the beginning, BlackBerry has always focused on offering an exceptional typing experience that combines a great design with ergonomic excellence. 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,”
A closer look at the Typo make it very easy to see why Blackberry is up in arms about the device. As you can see from the images above, the two keyboards are for all-intensive purposes identical, and Blackberry has every right to demand compensation for the use of a design that so closely resembles its own creation.