If you recall, Typo is the startup that’s funded by Ryan Seacrest and Laurence Hallier. They developed a fretted keyboard case that allows for typing on the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s — something that has actually been done in the past. The design of Typo is identical to what BlackBerry developed for the Q10, which is a “significant market differentiator for its mobile handheld devices,” and that’s why they’re taking action.
In a press release today, Steve Zipperstein, BlackBerry’s General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer stated, “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.”
Typo is expecting to start shipping its case sometime this month and retails for $99 USD.