Patent Wars: BlackBerry Sues Ryan Seacrest Company

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BlackBerry Ltd. (NASDAQ:BBRY) is suing a start-up company called Typo Products LLC in an effort to protect on of its signature designs; the Canadian smartphone company has accused Typo, which was co-founded by Ryan Seacrest of “American Idol” fame, of infringing on one of its patents, reports PC World.

Typo Products LLC makes a slip-on keyboard case for the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone that allows its users to use a physical keyboard with their iPhone, in a style that resembles BlackBerry’s signature keyboard. The keyboard was developed to make typing on the iPhone quicker, as well as to reduce the likelihood of typos compared to the phone’s built-in touchscreen keyboard.

One of the classic design features of BlackBerry‘s smartphones has been the physical keyboard, which some say is preferable to a touchscreen keyboard, particularly if you need to write a lot of text, such as e-mails on your phone. While BlackBerry has switched to touchscreen keyboards for many of its models, it still makes a smartphone with its classic, physical keyboard. The Typo keyboard case was scheduled to go on sale this month.

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