BlackBerry’s legal team led by Steve Zipperstein, BlackBerry’s General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer (one of the only executives to survive new CEO John Chen’s upper-level restructuring) has been aggressively combating the likes of fake BBM apps in Google Play, as well as a new company, Typo Products LLC, which will show off their new keyboard/case at CES 2014.
The problem here is that the keyboard is a direct rip off of the BlackBerry keyboard, and in so copying it, BlackBerry is filing this lawsuit to protect their intellectual property. Ryan Seacrest actually invested $1 million into this venture, mainly so that he wouldn’t have to carry two devices. Ironically, he should just buy a Q10 and spend his money on fruitful endeavors. As it stands, BlackBerry will not let this infringement take legs in the market.
[Update 10:19pm EST] Typo has issued a statement in response to BlackBerry’s lawsuit to Mashable.com. Typo claims the suit “lacks merit” and promises they will “defend the case vigorously.”
“We are aware of the lawsuit that Blackberry filed today against Typo Products. 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. We are excited about our innovative keyboard design, which is the culmination of years of development and research. The Typo keyboard has garnered an overwhelmingly positive response from the public. We are also looking forward to our product launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week and remain on track to begin shipping pre-orders at the end of January.”