BlackBerry files lawsuit against Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo over upcoming iPhone Keyboard

By Shawn Knight · 23 replies
Jan 3, 2014
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  1. Struggling handset maker BlackBerry has filed a lawsuit against the yet-to-be-released Typo iPhone Keyboard, the debut product from Typo Product LLC – a venture co-founded by Hollywood personality Ryan Seacrest and entrepreneur Laurence Hallier. The company claims the external keyboard...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,319

    Im so tired of people getting sued over the design of...I guess you would calm them rounded rectangular prisms? I dont know.
    wastedkill likes this.
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,725   +3,700

    It is a QWERTY keyboard! How else can you make it look?

    Pathetic lawsuit.
    Wendig0, Jad Chaar and wastedkill like this.
  4. TrueBooleanFals

    TrueBooleanFals TS Member Posts: 76   +12

    I love this actually, it is better that Apple is on the receiving end of a bogus lawsuit. Apple has gone farther with much more simplistic designs (analog clock, anyone?). Time to get a taste of their own Ipecac.

    EDIT: Yes, I understand it is not Apple developing this product, but it makes me happy to see this happening with a peripheral for their product.
    Jad Chaar and OneSpeed like this.
  5. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Let me guess Blackberry has a special needs lawyer...
  6. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 286   +92

    I couldn't help but see the resemblance of that keyboard to that on a Blackberry. I thought this would happen. Besides, if Apple is so smug about their design, then why mess it up with something that looks/feels like it came from RIM's labs?
  7. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 286   +92

    Uhm, God forbid those who decide anything to design a rectangular product with rounded corners. The pot calling the kettle black.
  8. OMG, is a Blackberryphone!
  9. khha4113

    khha4113 TS Rookie

    The keyboard does not come from Apple!
    psycros likes this.
  10. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,319

    you should probably read things before commenting.
    Apple didn't have anything to do with this product.
    How do you suggest the product should be shaped? As an oval? a sphere? those are super efficient, amirite?
  11. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 286   +92

    Actually, I read it and I know it doesn't come from Apple. Apple users should understand, in one form or another, be it through proxy of some other maker of products, that the disturbing patent laws cuts both ways. Do you see anything wrong with the lawsuit?
  12. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,319

    yes. yes I do. Did you know that at the same time as blackberry was at its peak, dozens of other phones were released with rectangular keyboards at the bottom? gasp! And its not until now, when blackberry is on the verge of death, surpassed by nearly every other smartphone maker, that they sue someone for it. What are the expecting? significant amounts of money?

    Are they scared that this will bite into their market share of smartphones? the already tiny one they already have?
  13. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 955   +515

    See, if it was a normal QWERTY keyboard, I could see why some of you are trying to make this seem like it's not a big deal....
    But that literally is the same style as a Q10's keyboard, right down to the exact button shape and the metal row dividers (the picture of the guy holding it looks like a Q10's keyboard was photoshopped onto an iPhone). This is one of those cases where the Typo designers were id!ots to think they could get away with such precise copying...
    MilwaukeeMike likes this.
  14. Matt12345170

    Matt12345170 TS Booster Posts: 106   +31

    I'm not sure how to quote on the mobile site, but I agree with m4a4, it looks exactly the same.
  15. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,871   +1,291

    There have been cheap Chinese addon keyboards exactly like this for a couple years now. Where was the Blackberry legal them then, negotiating Alicia Keys' million bucks for lip service? What about the Motorola Droid Pro, which actually had a Blackberry keyboard ON it?? Jesus, this company can't even do *lawsuits* right. I hope k/bs like this are very affordable and well made so I can finally have a modern smartphone.
  16. OliTheG

    OliTheG TS Member Posts: 61   +27

    On that topic, I have something you will like. Basically, I did something called an Extended Project Qualification (it counts as an AS Level in England. You do an AS and an A2 combining to make an A Level, and they get you into university) and I did mine on Apple. And I found the design patent on which Samsung infringed upon in the billion dollar lawsuit.

    It genuinely hurt my eyes to see the "design patent" they were awarded. Here are the highlights.

    I) A rectangular, biaxially symmetrical slab with four evenly, slightly rounded corners; (I.e. any phone ever made)
    ii) A flat transparent surface without ornamentation covering the front face to the rim; (I.e. a bezel around a screen)
    iii) A very thin rim of constant width, surrounding and flush with the front transparent surface; (I.e. a lrage amount of phones made around the year 1995-2005 before Apple made the iPhone)
    iv) A rectangular display screen surrounded by a plain border of generally constant width centred beneath the transparent surface; (I.e. almost any electrical device with a screen ever, such as a clock, a phone, a computer display from 1980, etc)
    v) A substantially flat rear surface which curves upwards at the sides and comes to meet the front surface at a crisp outer edge; (I.e. something that doesn't have edges so sharp it cuts your hands. I.e. any phone ever)
    vi) A thin profile, the impression of which is emphasised by (v) above; (I.e. the aim of every phone ever)
    vii) Overall, a design of extreme simplicity without features which specify orientation. (subjective)

    In fact, they aren't the highlights. That's the entire thing. It's a travesty of a patent, and it's written as generically as possible to maximize the suing radius.

    And **** like that is why I don't like Apple.
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  17. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Don't blame Apple. Blame the patent laws. Normally, I'm not a fan of the argument 'Don't blame the player, blame the game.' But in the case of a law it applies. US Patent law was written decades before electronics and software, and they haven't adjusted the laws to incorporate new tech into the old laws.

    Any company, just like any person will follow a law right up to the limit because to not do so is a waste. You wouldn't pay extra tax just because it felt right would you? Driving under the speed limit annoys people, and people don't go hunting or fishing and stop before they reach their limit. You get the point... Patent laws need some serious modifications and the govt knows it. Hopefully they'll do it soon.
  18. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    It does look very similar to BB's keyboard and I feel that this is a valid lawsuit in a way because BB's only real trademark is their comfortable keyboard and the fact that someone is making a similar one for the iPhone is basically taking away business. But on the contrary, like Clifford mentioned above, there are not many ways to make a QWERTY keyboard that can fit the already small iPhone.

    Let me fix that for you Clifford. I mean come on man, we are in the hashtag age!:
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,725   +3,700


    #You #guys #can #hashtag #my #text #if #you #want #too. :) #If #I #start, #I'll #be #giving #every #word #a #hashtag.
  20. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 955   +515

    It's probably the same reason why I've never seen what you claim be an issue: they either aren't worth the thought or time, or they did license the keyboard and your point is mute...
    In this case, they aren't some cheap Chinese company, and they haven't licensed the exact design......
  21. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,266   +436

    This lawsuit isn't bogus if you compare this to the keyboard on a Blackberry Q10 its obvious.

    Those that do not protect their patents will lose them.

    From what I've seen I believe Blackberry will want a licensing deal out of this.

    And as they say imitation is the best form of flattery lol
  22. This is how you turn your iPhone into a blackberry:
    1. Download blackberry messenger app from your iPhone
    2. Buy the typo keyboard and snap it to your iPhone
    3. Now your iBlackberryPhone is ready
  23. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,266   +436

    I prefer iBerry less words and rolls off the tongue better :p
  24. ..iBerry.. hmm, yeah, sounds better! :D

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