BlackBerry on Friday announced that it was filing a lawsuit against Typo, the Ryan Seacrest-backed keyboard startup, alleging that its iPhone keyboard case is a “blatant infringement” against the classic BlackBerry keyboard. But it looks like Typo is ready to fight back. Over the weekend, a representative from the company sent me the following corporate statement:
We are aware of the lawsuit that Blackberry filed today [Friday] against Typo Products. Although we respect Blackberry and its intellectual property, we believe that Blackberry’s claims against Typo lack merit and we intend to defend the case vigorously. We are excited about our innovative keyboard design, which is the culmination of years of development and research. The Typo keyboard has garnered an overwhelmingly positive response from the public. We are also looking forward to our product launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week and remain on track to begin shipping pre-orders at the end of January.
So obvious visual similarities aside, it looks like Typo believes it has a fighting chance against BlackBerry. It’ll be interesting to see where the case goes from here.