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BlackBerry Files Lawsuit Against Typo Over iPhone Keyboard Accessory

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BlackBerry says that it has filed a lawsuit against Typo Products for infringing one the design of its own keyboard.

Typo, founded by entrepreneur Laurence Hallier and TV host and media personality Ryan Seacrest, announced the Typo Keyboard would be available for pre-order this month. The complaint against Typo alleges patent infringement and that Typo has copied BlackBerry's keyboard with its iPhone keyboard case designed to slip on to iPhone devices.

"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." said Steve Zipperstein, BlackBerry's General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer. "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,"

The lawsuit has been filed in the Northern District of California.

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