Typo already paid out nearly $1 million to BlackBerry for blatantly infringing on its patents, and it might have to pay the piper once more. The company, backed by American Idol mascot and disruptive tech savant, Ryan Seacrest, is being sued by BlackBerry for its newest iteration of Typo, which is even more a blatant copy than the first model. Either Seacrest doesn’t care or Typo’s engineers are blissfully ignorant of BlackBerry’s existence.
The Hollywood Reporter says BlackBerry on Monday filed a new complaint in California because Typo’s new keyboard looks like it was ripped straight from BlackBerry’s labs. The Waterloo-based company alleges Typo “slavishly copied… down to the smallest detail, including the layout of the keyboard itself, the shapes of the keys, and the surface sculpting of the keys.” That’s a pretty accurate assessment, and BlackBerry has every reason to be upset.
Typo’s blatant copying shows a pretty willful disregard for BlackBerry’s patents, to the point where it’s a little ridiculous. But the Seacrest-backed company must have seen enough consumer support to make such a bold move. Typo declined to comment on the new lawsuit, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar outcome to the last ruling.
I’d love to hear Typo’s explanation. I imagine it would be along the same lines as this gem.