BlackBerry Sues Typo for IPhone Case Design

BlackBerry Sues Typo for IPhone Case DesignOn Friday, Blackberry Ltd. said it has filed a suit in a California court against the Los Angeles firm Typo Products for violating its patents with a Blackberry-like keyboard made for Apple's iPhone.

The Canadian maker of the Blackberry smartphone stated that Typo's $99 keyboard case, which attaches a Blackberry-like physical keyboard to an iPhone 5, "blatantly copied BlackBerry's keyboard."

Steve Zipperstein, Blackberry's 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."

He added, "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." Media entrepreneur Laurence Hallier and show-biz personality Ryan Seacrest created Typo, together with inventor-designers Ryan Hyde and Jonathan Goodrich.

In December Blackberry reported a massive $4.4 billion loss in its third quarter, four times the previous quarter's loss, as its smartphone sales slumped by half.  But now it is seeking to turn around its fortunes after losing a leadership position in the cellphone and smartphone business.

BlackBerry pushed as much as 1.6 percent before ending the day with a 0.5 percent loss at $7.61 in Nasdaq trading.