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Typo, the Ryan Seacrest-backed keyboard startup, intends to defend itself against patent infringement allegations from BlackBerry and will be officially launching its iPhone keyboard accessory at CES this week.

BlackBerry Typo
photo: Gigaom

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.

  1. BlackBerry should nail these thieves for every penny they got.

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  2. This is a sign of desperation on the part of BlackBerry.

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    1. What an ignorant comment! Welcome to the tech industry where someone sneezes and gets sued for it!

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  3. If BlackBerry had any brains they would work with Typo and create a situation that works for all. How about BB gets $0.25 for each keyboard Typo sells. At least BB would get something, and maybe they could learn a thing or two from Typo.

    After all BB, your horse is still dead.

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    1. INDEED!

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  4. I guess BB has a case for Typo ripping off the visual design, but can you really patent a keyboard design just because it’s miniature version? I’m gonna have to agree that this is an act of desperation. BB’s only desirable feature is the physical keyboard for those who dont like typing on touchscreens, so they know this will be the final nail in the coffin for them. I guess it just hit them as an added punch to the gut that the keyboard also looks like theirs.

    Also:
    “We are excited about our innovative keyboard design, which is the culmination of years of development and research.”

    Really? Years of development and research? All they did was slap a little keyboard on a phone case.

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