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Anul trecut v-am vorbit pentru prima oara despre Typo Keyboard, o carcasa pentru terminale iPhone care avea integrata o tastatura fizica ce putea fi utilizata in locul tastaturii virtuale a iOS. Accesoriul a fost dezvoltat cu sprijinul celebrului Ryan Seacrest, prezentator al American Idol si celebru moderator al unor emisiuni radio, iar extrem de multa lume s-a dovedit a fi interesat de el. Din pacate interes au aratat si canadienii de la BlackBerry, ei actionand in judecata Typo Products, compania producatoare a acestui produs, ea fiind fondata in colaborare cu Seacrest.
Practic Blackberry considera ca acest accesoriu copiaza design-ul tastaturii pentru terminalele sale si cere unei instante sa opreasca punerea sa in vanzare, iar acest lucru ar putea fi infaptuit. Avand in vedere situatia celor de la Blackberry, o asemenea luare de pozitie cu siguranta nu va atrage simpatie din partea cuiva, mai ales a celor care isi doreau carcasa Typo.
BlackBerry Files Suit Against Typo – BlackBerry charges Typo has infringed its Keyboard Patents
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Jan. 3, 2014) – BlackBerry(R) Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Typo Products LLC (“Typo”).
Typo, founded by entrepreneur Laurence Hallier and TV host and media personality Ryan Seacrest, announced the Typo Keyboard(TM) would be available for pre-order this month. The complaint against Typo alleges patent infringement and that Typo has blatantly copied BlackBerry’s keyboard with its iPhone(R) keyboard case designed to slip on to iPhone devices.
“This is a blatant infringement against BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard, and we will vigorously protect our intellectual property against any company that attempts to copy our unique design. From the beginning, BlackBerry has always focused on offering an exceptional typing experience that combines a great design with ergonomic excellence. We are flattered by the desire to graft our keyboard onto other smartphones, but we will not tolerate such activity without fair compensation for using our intellectual property and our technological innovations,” said Steve Zipperstein, BlackBerry’s General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer.
The Typo Keyboard violates BlackBerry’s intellectual property rights, and BlackBerry will protect those rights from blatant copying and infringement. BlackBerry’s iconic physical keyboard designs have been recognized by the press and the public as a significant market differentiator for its mobile handheld devices. This lawsuit has been filed in the Northern District of California.