BlackBerry has made a move to block all sales of a keyboard case designed for Apple’s iPhone.
Made by Typo Products, a startup backed by television personality Ryan Seacrest, the case very closely copies the design of BlackBerrys iconic full physical keyboard found on its devices for more than a decade.
BlackBerry has asked a US court to block US sales of the so-called “obvious knock-off,” over which the Waterloo-based smartphone maker is suing. The Canadian company says Typo infringes US Design Patent 685,775 and US Patent 7,629,964 and is thusly asking the US District Court for the Northern District of California to prohibit Typo from “making, using, offering to sell, or selling within the United States, or importing into the United States, the Typo Keyboard.”
“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,” BlackBerry said in a proposed motion to the court.
The suit cites Seacrest, who admitted pre-suit that the Typo is inspired by the world-famous BlackBerry keyboard, though Typo itself claims BlackBerry’s claims “lack merit.”