Canadian smartphone maker, BlackBerry, has filed a law suit against Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo iPhone keyboard alleging the startup "blatantly copied" BlackBerry's own keyboard.
Typo's keyboard "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," BlackBerry's General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer Steve Zipperstein said in a release announcing the suit.
The Typo case was originally designed to give iPhone users a physical keyboard that resembles and feels like BlackBerry's iconic QWERTY keyboard. The case would attach the the bottom of the iPhone giving users a backlit and "easier to use" keyboard. Speed increases while typing are estimated to increase up to 50 percent.