Reviewers love Ryan Seacrest’s Typo keyboard for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5. BlackBerry, not so much. BlackBerry announced last month that it was finally taking on its biggest threat — Ryan Seacrest — and filing a lawsuit against the company behind the Typo keyboard, an iPhone accessory that adds a BlackBerry-like keyboard to Apple’s latest iPhones. Now, Reuters reports that Typo Products has filed a motion with the court claiming that BlackBerry is off base and the Typo iPhone keyboard accessory doesn’t violate any of the vendor’s patents. Typo’s filing asks the court to rule that no patents have been infringed, declare all of BlackBerry’s claims invalid, and dismiss the case immediately.
BlackBerry is not messing around, Ryan Seacrest. IDG News, via InfoWorld, reports that BlackBerry this week asked a court in California to block all sales of Typo, the iPhone keyboard attachment co-created by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest. In its argument before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, BlackBerry claims that “Typo’s blatant copying of BlackBerry’s keyboard presents an imminent threat of irreparable harm to BlackBerry, and that threat is magnified in combination with the significant market power of the iPhone.” While this legal analysis may indeed be accurate, it’s still remarkable for BlackBerry to admit that a $99 keyboard attachment poses an “imminent threat of irreparable harm” to its entire business. BGR recently reviewed the Typo and found that “it’s a well thought out, well designed, well made product by two people who can’t live without their physical keyboard.” More →
The world thought Typo was a joke when word of its arrival began circulating a couple of months back. And Ryan Seacrest was involved! This was going to be terrible, people joked on Twitter. The thing is, there is a segment of smartphone users that refuses to give up their hardware keyboards. So the question is, is that group of people worth catering to? The answer… is maybe. Read on for my full thoughts on the Typo keyboard for the iPhone 5s. More →
BlackBerry is clearly not happy that Ryan Seacrest is trying to convert its physical keyboard-loving users to the iPhone, especially when the physical keyboard attachment that Seacrest’s company designed as an iPhone accessory bears a striking resemblance to BlackBerry’s own keyboard designs. There’s some bad news for BlackBerry, however: Early reviews have started rolling in for the Typo and critics are deeming it a hit. More →