BlackBerry is suing one of the iPhone keyboard manufacturers Typo for infringing the company’s copyrights. It is not the first time when the Canadian smartphone giant has sued the Ryan Seacrest company for manufacturing the keyboards that are similar to those found on BlackBerry smartphones.
The keyboards built by the Typo looks like a complete rip-off of the BlackBerry keyboards. However, with the new Typo2 coming to the surface, fire between both the firms has ignited again.
Reports suggest that the Canadian smartphone giant is filing a lawsuit against Typo for manufacturing and selling a complete rip-off of its keyboards.
Even though BlackBerry is a struggling technology giant, it believes that apart from software services, the primary reason for its smartphones to go on sale is this uniquely identifiable keyboard. However, the Typo, which looks like a complete rip-off, is an iPhone keyboard and attaches itself like any other protective casing.
After receiving an introductory injunction on the sales of keyboards, the Canadian smartphone giant charged the Typo for introducing these keyboards at a lower price in the market. Typo sold these keyboards to the retailers outside the country, and to the friends in U.S. for further selling. However, in no way the product was endorsed by the official sources.
“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,” BlackBerry said in its complaint this week.
Not only the design, the Typo has also copied the BlackBerry’s utility patents related to the keyboard layout, backlighting and the typing automation.
TV and radio personality is still to comment on this act of Typo. However, BlackBerry is asking the company to take away their products from the market besides claiming the monetary damage.