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BlackBerry files suit against Typo Products LLC and Ryan Seacrest

By Bla1ze on 3 Jan 2014 12:42 pm EST
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Remember, how Ryan Seacrest decided he was going to dump $1 Million into an accessory called the Typo Keyboard? Well, that might not have been such a great idea as BlackBerry has now filed suit against Typo Products LLC, a company founded by entrepreneur Laurence Hallier and TV host and media personality Ryan Seacrest, charging that the company has blatantly copied BlackBerry's keyboard with its iPhone keyboard case designed to slip on to iPhone devices.

Press Release

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.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry(R) revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. When used herein, words such as "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "should", "intend", "believe", and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by BlackBerry Limited in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that BlackBerry believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause BlackBerry's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the "Risk Factors" section of BlackBerry's Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on BlackBerry's forward-looking statements. BlackBerry has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of BlackBerry Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

Typo Products has responded to the information providing the following comment to Mashable:

We are aware of the lawsuit that Blackberry filed today against Typo Products. Although we respect Blackberry and its intellectual property, we believe that Blackberry’s claims against Typo lack merit and we intend to defend the case vigorously. We are excited about our innovative keyboard design, which is the culmination of years of development and research. The Typo keyboard has garnered an overwhelmingly positive response from the public. We are also looking forward to our product launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week and remain on track to begin shipping pre-orders at the end of January.

433 comments

Maal628

Boom! Take that Seacrest!

#PoweredByBlackBerry

DOCTOREVIL8

I thought the image in the original announcement had a an eerily familiar look to that keyboard.

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Nathan Hesketh

Yeah, I mean, this is like when eMachines copied the original iMac. Apple sued and since it was pretty blatant, they won pretty quickly.

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Lizz24

Lmao ya so I guess BlackBerry is gonna win just as quickly too then....I mean it's the EXACT same keyboard Lmfao im not sure what made them think they would get away with that. And they had to know they were essentially stealing BlackBerrys keyboard lmfao..........
Good Luck Seacrest!!

Xader

Well, imitation IS the sincerest form of flattery... ;)

3_M4N

"We are flattered by the desire to graft our keyboard onto other smartphones"
-nice guy CIO agrees

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10! 

nanda_s

How much can BlackBerry make out of this?

Q10 \m/

dtuivs

No, but I wish BlackBerry would use that design on something.

rayzian

THIS should've been the keyboard on BB10 devices, not this straight-fret BS

travaz

Is the iPhone key board really that bad that you have to go buy a BB fake key board? Apple Fail!

jermaine1082

Yes. Yes. It is! Not to mention the fact that it is near impossible to select a letter in a word only the beginning or end.

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PineappleUnderTheSea

It's basically the same thing. Crackberry should have posted the relevant BB patents however...we are all assuming that BB has thoroughly protected themselves with patents...might not be the case.

slagman5

Similar is one thing, I looked at some other photos and it is IDENTICAL!! Frets and even the bumps on the keys, half pointed to the right the other to the left, exactly like the Q10 keyboard. Seriously, they didn't even try to hide it, lol.

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fschmeck

I remember seeing a Samsung phone in Europe that was indistinguishable from a 9900. Keyboard, size, even the track pad. Always wondered how they were able to get away with it.

But really, if I wanted the world's longest iPhone, why not just get a Q10 and be done with it? I mean, if messaging is so important that you want to spend $100 on top of a $600 phone, why not get a phone designed for that from the start?

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sevoman

its not just the keyboard. moving from iphone to q10 is a change in OS as well. many people actually prefer iOS. i must agree that the keyboard is a clone of the bb keyboard. nice accessory though.

beantownwindsorite

Then you can't have the latest must-have iPhone and run the risk of being labeled a loser. No one wants to be a loser. We live in a world of lemmings

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sevoman

you must have some sort of complex using a blackberry. no one calls bb users 'losers'. i think it's only bb users who feel this way when in reality its probably the iphone user who feels like a dumb dumb. don't feel like an iphone user, be proud to be using bb.

scrimp9890

I've actually had people make fun of me for using a BB, even family members. And I quote: "no one in California used BB" (I don't live in CA, btw). I always ignore it. I mean come on. Why does it matter to them what phone I like to use?

joserMireles

I just got back from Mexico and I saw a bunch of phones with brands I haven't heard about and they had an identical keyboard to the bold 9900.

deadcowboy

I'm glad. But do you think they'll just have to alter their design?

Puz_zled

No, just pay the royalty, licensing fee, what have you to BlackBerry.

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tracygee

Yep! That's what this is about. Even in their press release they kind of indicate that is the issue. They'll be getting paid, that's for sure.

seascape

Yeah... hard to see how this doesn't end with "Typo" having to fork over some money to BlackBerry.

blackstorm1911

unless they change the design completely it will still most likely resemble blackberry's keyboard. But if they do change it completely it will most likely be an inferior keyboard which I'm perfectly okay with it. Unless they choose to compensate Blackberry which I'm also okay with. They can use the extra revenue.

Lmuzzammil

Nah, otherwise in the near future, iPhone lovers will be like, what do u want a blackberry for, u cn get exactly the same keyboard for an iPhone, and I just wouldn't be able to stand that. BlackBerry should make them get rid of it completely if possible.

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Lmuzzammil

On second thought, I actually like the look of it and everything, the keyboard is what kept me using bb's after the popularity died down, never had an iPhone, but if this keyboard sticks, I might even get a 5s or 6 whatever it is by summer 2014.

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BennyX

Better yet, why doesn't Blackberry come to an arrangement with this company, where it can continue to manufacture and market their product as-is, but in return it must also manufacture and supply (for free) the same keyboard add-on for touchscreen-only Blackberry devices such as the Z10 or Z30? In the terms of agreement the company would be forbidden from selling it on the open market; it would simply be supplying it to BB, and then Blackberry can simply offer it as an option to its customers for some extra $$$.

This way, Blackberry gets a nice product to offer, at no cost to them, and can even make a tidy profit off it once markup is added, like it does with all its other overpriced accessories. BB profits more from this sort of arrangement rather than just a flat royalty being paid out by the offending company.

Also, BB would save money in this arrangement, because it could leave Foxconn to manufacture the integrated keyboard devices like the Q10 - in addition to the low end touchscreen devices - while BB focuses on making the high-end touchscreen-only devices but can offer the add-on keyboard as an option, that could more seamlessly integrate into the high-end touchscreen-only designs.

As a bonus, an extended battery could be included/fitted to BB's add-on keyboards, adding to their device's battery life!

It's all about synergies, spreading the risk, outsourcing, and reducing costs.

Foxconn would have the rights to manufacture low-end/pure BB-only devices to developing markets as well as corporate customers. BB could then sell Android compatibility that would come integrated in the form of a 'work/play partition' add-on option)

BB would take the high-end, making touchscreen-only devices, with add-on keyboard/extended battery as option, but with Android compatability and Work/Play partition built in.

With all this talk about NSA spying on everyone, BB should rethink its strategy to do away with BIS. It should keep it, but harden the security even further, make it available cross-platform, and use BBM as the portal that everything is funnelled through. Web pages, files, messaging, channels, video, voice.. everything.

And look ma, I'm babbling!! lol

Gator99

No. It won't get that far.

Sent from the future on my Z10

Colin Wu

Ah, no thanks! I love my touch keyboard where I can type almost any garbage combination of characters and it figures out what I really meant to say. :)

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Lmuzzammil

The company don't have that much to loose I would imagine as they haven't damaged BlackBerry's market share yet because they haven't started selling yet, they wouldn't bother with such an agreement, besides, it was all just Ryan Seacrest's money from what I've heard, and he took the risk didn't he?, it's possible if BlackBerry allows them to keep doing it for the iPhone but also do it for BlackBerry's but highly unlikely in my opinion. As for the rest of your post, great ideas like that never make it to the end my friend, it's just the way it works unless you yourself invest in it ;P

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Lmuzzammil

If they did the keyboard and battery thing with a Z30 I would buy it right now :P

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jermaine1082

Try it before you purchase then if you ever consider it. I have had one for work on sprint. And between those two I hate this iPhone. Emails coming and then you go to them and they are still loading for 30-45 seconds. I'm hate using iPhone, app selection is nice, but it is def flawed in certain ways, just like any phone. Problem is the flaws that I see are with what I use phone for, communication!

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moyah8

+100 teamblackberry rocks

#ichooseblackberry

axllebeer

Yep, saw that coming, under the new leadership especially.

Posted from my CB10 via the power of "Q"

kennyiceberry

A concise way of saying what inward thinking, but couldn't be bothered to attempt to articulate because I'm a loser. Thanks.

Posted by the inimitable Z10 handheld system

ARWestenberger

Called it! Totally nailed that one.

Z10

vgorous

Never did like this guy.

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Bacon Munchers

I doubt it will be that easy.
IMO BlackBerry should have waited for this device to become popular before seeing. This way, BlackBerry keyboard would be advertised to the newer generation in situ of BlackBerry having to pay for advertising.

Also, if the Seacrest device made a killing, it would sweeten the pot that could be claimed.
Out of all the claims that BlackBerry is making, they may only walk away with industrial design infringement, because even Nokia, brand X, and Samsung have keyboard phones.

Usually BlackBerry is too late. This time they are too early!

Bacon Munchers

PS - If Seacrest wins, I will ask him to design one for the Z10.

II ARROWS

You are supposing that the keyboard is as good as Q10...
Which is improbable, as the greatness come primarily from the keys mechanical part. Patented too.

A shitty keyboard won't be a good publicity to BlackBerry, it can only be worse.

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general41

Full time

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birdman_38

Hopefully this is a sign of the new BlackBerry...actually fighting back when they're supposed to.

kennyiceberry

+1. One suspects that the old BlackBerry might not have had the kuhunas, savvy, awareness, or corporate intelligence to file suit against this sort of thing. This news has Chen written all over it.

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sling

Not a Ryan Seacrest fan in the first place!

rthonpm

Same here: let him pay for his foolish investment.

BGK

If Ryan Seacrest liked the keyboard so much he should have bought a BlackBerry for pete's sake! So simple.

Mike Oxlong1

The problem with that, is that blackberry's suck.

BGK

Oddly enough..... I don't agree - BlackBerry rules. :)

kennyiceberry

Ejit unsubstantiated trolling bs. Why bother even taking part in this forum? You must also be a fool to yourself.

Posted by the inimitable Z10 handheld system

seascape

Most of the people in this comment thread strongly disagree with you. Bet you haven't tried a Q10, Z10, or Z30, or you wouldn't be saying that.

And it's BlackBerry - two capital Bs, buddy.

17.michal

+1 and technically, you can't make BlackBerry a plural. Better change it to BlackBerry smartphones... :)

LBxLuigi

Now blackberry should do something with this idea mwahahahah >=)

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RP Singh

Or invested those $ in BlackBerry instead of some second rate imitation.

Sent from my iPuh-lease-as-IF

tracygee

He has always liked Blackberrys. He just wanted the keyboard on his iPhone and thought he could do so without paying Blackberry for the design. Nope.

BionicKris

Seacrest is so desperate to look "cool" flashing an Apple even though it's a phone that is horrible to type on. It's pretty bad when you have to go out and "design" (steal) an external keyboard to mount to it instead of just buying a useful smartphone to start with. When others go out and buy the keyboard it only reinforces the point and makes the other buyers look just as desperate. I hope BlackBerry makes them pay through the nose for it or blocks it completely.

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symbotier

iPhones are not cool. Not at all.

BionicKris

I agree 100%!

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1 million?

Looks like he didn't budget for expected legal costs....

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m1kr0

Ha! About time that BlackBerry hits back. Protect your IO, no one else will.

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m1kr0

Should be IP...

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MarkITDev

Actually IO (Input Output) works in this context as well. :) Definitely a reason why I still buy BBRY...

FoxxBerry

I guess this is a good thing...

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HotFix

2014 - the year BlackBerry learns to REPRESENT! ;-)

Posted via CB10 on a Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.1925

sk8er_tor

Yes! Chen said the days of mocking BlackBerry are over.

Kingdmen

I TOLD YOU SO. Damn son, I called that from a mile away. Go back and find my posts. Good! Go BlackBerry

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Siya10

Sry my time is pretty valuable

C00121417

bbontherise47

So valuable that you stopped and took the time to reply to the comment... hmm

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raino

What made you think he was talking to you?

lang007

Good for you Blackberry

tranquil45

Good. This thing was bullsh1t

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web99

Well, firstly the lawsuit is justified. Typo products clearly was infringing on BBRY's keyboard copyrights

blackmoe

Copyright <> trademarks <> patents

Posted via CB10 on my Z30 (10.2.1.1055)

Chris Westwood

Sweet deal :-) go blackberry

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felixlives

Bring out the whip boys, ...BlackBerry finally has a nutsack
Time to whip some of these guys!!

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SlackerKing

Well done, BlackBerry.

Posted via CB10 on my  Z10

RickTrout

Seacrest OUT!

#IChooseBlackBerry10

Z10 on T-Mobile, 32 GB PlayBook - Posted via CrackBerry 10

inked18

Beat me to it!!

Posted via the Bat Cave

Dominick079

Sead*ick OUT but IN COURT....

TranceRomance

Of his mind!

Posted via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA  ‎BlackBerry Q10...SON!

dondizm

Hahaha.. I knew Typo was a bad idea from the start!

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jojo beaconsfield

Good,the stock took a bit of a jump, go get the copy cat,s,good publicity!!

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SDTRMG

Knew this was coming.

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Whyareallthegoodnamestaken

Good. Let's hope BlackBerry get more aggressive in general with their legal department. They should go patent trolling.

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00stryder

Never like lawsuits, but dudes should have been more careful with the keyboard design. Looks like a blatant Bold keyboard. Well, I guess more so a Q10 keyboard since it's linear vs. curved.

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stmisery

This makes my day, iphone sucks and so does Seacrest, what an @ssh@t.

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BigBuffBerry

About time

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zten

Nice!! Haha sucker!

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Signhere

Lol!! Yup

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R Field

Hahahahahaha F yes!!! Lol they actually followed through with this. Get em!

BlackBerry Z30 | 10.2.1.1925 | BBM Channel C0006E212

Upgrayedd111

I (and I think most of the community) had a feeling this would be coming when we saw the design.

somerandombbusername

The Z10 was my first BlackBerry, so forgive my ignorance, but is there something specific about the Typo iPhone keyboard that screams a blatant copy of the BlackBerry keyboard?

eldricho

It has the almost exact same design as the BlackBerry Q10 keyboard (save for 2 or 3 keys they changed or added to it). Look at a picture of a Q10 and back at this one and you'll immediately see it

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iToya

Take a look at the Q10 keyboard and tell me if it's a blatant copy..

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DetlevCM

The key design - specifically the angled buttons.

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somerandombbusername

Oh wow, yah, that curve on the keys looks quite unique. Oops.

DaedalusIcarusHelios

Yeah, look at a Q10 keyboard and you'll see. The way the keys are laid out and the contours of them. Even the frets.

pick1eberry

All you need to do is compare the Typo keyboard and the Q10. Identical.

Go Black and Never Go Back.

mathking606

If BB does not win this case I'm done!!

bbry4life

The way each key is bevelled. It helps your thumbs find each key without looking at the keyboard. It's one thing that I miss going from the Bold to the Z10. Me and my fat thumbs.
Also the metal frets that separate the rows is likely patented by BlackBerry as it helps separate the rows to further isolate the feel of each key.

Finally, BlackBerry shows some signs of being on the offense by playing defense. Did that just make any sense?

eldricho

Finally! Really thought that they would let this one slide again

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iToya

I hope they win this suit. Good publicity is needed.

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hamza817

BlackBerry showing it has balls. Fina-fucking-lly.

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parthokarki

WOW !! THIS WAS AS EXPECTED :D

DYLANHABKIRK

WTG BlackBerry

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SO_Davis

Can't have your cake and eat it....wait does Ryan eat cake? Good for you blackberry takem on!

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BlackBerry muffins....

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drum

Thought they should when I saw the design, but didn't think they would. Good for you BlackBerry about we stood up against these blatant rip-offs!

Posted via my awesome z10

kidneythief

Good!!!!

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kjpeigan

F#$! you IOS and F#$! you android...I bury those cockroaches, eat em for breakfast...

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QXS

Chill dude. Nothing wrong with using a different OS.

8310 >> 9800 >> Z10 10.2.1.1925 (Forever BlackBerry)

00stryder

Lol misguided enthusiasm, it seems...

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finkmob

Just a little over the top. Lol

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Bobby Nweze

I support you kjpeigan. Blackberry has been ridiculed far enough, its time to get back into the ring. Go Blackberry! No breathing space for them all

Gator99

Boy, that escalated quickly.....

Sent from the future on my Z10

JustAnimazing

Good for BlackBerry! If you want a keyboard that bad buy a BlackBerry the phones are better anyways

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pablomdelgado

That boy Chen is not playing around!!!!

masterful

Let's play

Posted via CB10 from my BlackBerry Z10

shabbs

Saw this coming a mile away...

jdcfinisher

This is what the z10 needs for some . Great idea but BlackBerry should have done it already for BlackBerry phones and others (iPhone) gives them a taste of what a BlackBerry keyboard is like .might have cut the negativity a little

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craigallen16

That would just give them more reasons to not use BlackBerry.

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Zidentia

Welcome to Canadian Idol! I am afraid you did not make the cut Ryan.

CDM76

LoL

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mathking606

They need to make 50% of each sale or else no deal.

CDM76

Sweet!!! Nice to see them FINALLY defending themselves!!! Should have bought more shares last week.

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pick1eberry

Guess Seacrest's 1 million investment will be spent on legal fees. Oh well...:-)

Go Black and Never Go Back.

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He didn't budget that one in...

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nerdydaddyo

Please refer to an old thread where I said that this was what should have happened! Hallelujah!!!

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Spades1234

Seacrest was a huge BlackBerry fan at one time. He used to laud it on air all the time.

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ED1209

Way to go BlackBerry,protect what's yours!

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oddboy

Next up, sue all the android makers that use USB charging! That would be fun to see.

BRON: a cron-like scheduler for BlackBerry 10 : http://apps.oddelement.com

franky62

about time they start filing the lawsuits.

rickster2611

Mr Seacrest, you should have got a Z10 or Z30...you plum.

BlackBerry should give him a Z30 to try.

Mr Zipperstein increase your staffing levels. It's about to get ugly .

BlackBerry the Bear has been hibernating for far too long.

Time for this Bear to show some teeth and claw back the market share .

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Lostonline

If the guy wants a kb, he will hate the Z as much as I did.

He is an example of a BlackBerry person, who had to join the cool kids and he wound up with an iToy.

He is so much a BlackBerry person, he dropped a million $ into a BlackBerry kb plugon for that Toy.

He is such a dumb d-bag

CDN BB

rocker_man1

Glad to hear. If he so wants a BlackBerry keyboard get a Q10. Don't blatantly copy the BlackBerry 10 physical keyboard or you will pay!

www.mikescraftbeer.com - C00012735 Posted on my Z30

geenaxion

Shit them. Haha.
Seacrest punk.

Keepin' it Chill Z10 (10.2.1.1925)

QXS

I wonder how the media is going to try and swing this...

But good for BlackBerry, don't let anyone steal what's yours.

8310 >> 9800 >> Z10 10.2.1.1925 (Forever BlackBerry)

00stryder

Seeing as how Seacrest is an on-air personality himself, he'll likely use his show to present it as "BlackBerry Bullying."

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Corboulee

Write On! Commander Chen. BlackBerry begins by staking it's turf, soon to establish it's territories and define it's course. Sit back and watch how the sheepthink sentiment starts herding in support of Blackberry's strengths. It's going to be a memorable 2014. Chen has taken the helm. Light speed.

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Xopher

Even though I carry a Z10 now, I always liked the BlackBerry keyboard. It was easy to type on, even if I did it so much that my thumbs hurt at the end of the day. Kudos for stepping up and protecting their products.

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jordandrews90

Good for them! No one likes patent trolls but this is clearly a blatant copy that could potentially take customers away from BlackBerry.

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bjschey

Time to put that little leprechaun in his place. Take him down BlackBerry!!!
#TeamBackBerry #SeacrestSucks

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axeman1000

Always imitated, never duplicated. Can't apple innovate anything? ;)

BlackBerry forever, haters never!

QXS

This product isn't made by Apple...

8310 >> 9800 >> Z10 10.2.1.1925 (Forever BlackBerry)

HigherThanMars

What if BlackBerry just made those cases with BlackBerry keyboards in them? I mean obviously that would hurt there phone sales but maybe if things don't pick up for a while they could just start selling keyboard cases and promoting BBM? I would definitely still stick with my Z10 but I'm just saying, maybe it has potential.

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R Field

Ripoff BlackBerry keyboard 1 million, marketing 200K. Getting hit with a lawsuit that costs 10x as much instead of just buying a Q10. Priceless.

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kozmo68

+10!

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Lord_Jareth_89

It's about time I read about this... totally agree with the law suit

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cbvinh

"we will not tolerate such activity without fair compensation for using our intellectual property and our technological innovations"

Not a "cease and desist"... but "fair compensation"... Licensing might gain them: 1. less ridicule from the iOS crowd over keyboards as these start appearing everywhere, 2. no risk with hardware inventory or development, and 3. some money from the action...

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... put a BB logo on it and charge commision / patent fee for every unit sold / made.

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UnlimitedEra

Finally! BlackBerry is taking action! I am starting to like Mr Chen

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evodevo69

Well it certainly looks like the Q10 keyboard, but one must ask whether it feels and performs like it.

Either way - even if it was a POS attempt at copying the BlackBerry keyboard, even if only in appearance, BlackBerry should take anyone to task.

Good on BlackBerry this time!

Hope they win the suit.

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maddie1128

Good to see BlackBerry going after them. I was watching the Today show this morning and some guy on there was showing it off saying "now you can change your iphone into a BlackBerry"..........stupid man- all you have to do to do that is go to your carrier and give them your iphone and ask for a BlackBerry instead. smh

AtInsider

Yes a Q10 which repeatedly blows iPhones out of the water.

BeautyEh

Awesome. Go BB

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BerryRipe

It's about time! Now go after Samsung for using an led notification light on the Galaxy S lV.

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

AtInsider

+1
At the end of the day most if not all mobile companies COPY BBRY Designs because BBRY Designs are the best. BlackBerry needs to start going after these companies.

Superfly_FR

Whatever it ends with, do not let anybody grab your property without a gun in your hand.
(OMG, did I write that ? Don't take it literally, of course)

paulmike83

Damn right. Bout time BlackBerry is kicking some ass

Team BlackBerry

christoph77

Good job BlackBerry :)

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)

ladyintensity

The Black is pushing back!! Yeah BB!

Blaq Powered Zen

playpen007

They say BlackBerry is not good for them Iphone users but they copied BlackBerry keyboard anyway. Haha...

kscribs

Haha serves you right!

It looks exactly like a Q10 keyboard too

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nt300

The Q10 being much more sexy ;)

jcraig

Good. As soon as I saw this thing I was hoping that someone at BlackBerry was still willing to lawyer up and defend their patents. Every article I read had a big tagline of "turning your iPhone into a BlackBerry" They are practically using the BlackBerry name in their advertising already. Someone needs to send Seacrest a Q10.

AtInsider

Finally ACTION has been taken by BBRY. I am loving this new Management Team. Go Get Them.....

Phil Nickinson

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

(Yes. I feel better now.)

mikeec67

Love it, glad to see BB going on the offensive for a change. Ryan Seacrest, you are in the bottom 3 & not safe...

Happy New Year CrackBerry Nation!!!!
2014 is going to be the year of the Berry!!!

ennegrai

Don't want to see BlackBerry always fumbling the ball.
WTG BlackBerry.

collinc93

good on BB!! Get it going! But why are some people posting crap about Iphone and Android?? These two companies/OS have NOTHING to do with this lawsuit!! Wow ahm....people dumb dumb dumb

ryanza

I think it's great that BlackBerry has taken this action!

With the time between the announcement of the new keyboard and this legal action I hope BlackBerry's legal team have looked carefully for any traps. I would hate to see this keyboard be just different enough to avoid any patent infringements.

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immitchell

Seacrest OUT!

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Herbie52

As I learned the hard way LLC's act like fly-by-nights. They either rent or have things in other people's name. This might be more trouble for Ryan. Stop being an idiot and get a Blackberry.

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Herbie52

BlackBerry should be suing Samsung.

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Gerrardough

Seacrest out!!!!

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Simon Sage

To be fair, this keyboard would get me to at least consider using an iPhone day-to-day. 

Observation Junkie

Simon, you could get a Q10 and then use the phone every day

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Jon Hanson

Bring the hammer!!! No more playing around!! About time they show people they aren't giving up! Love it

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wasulu187

Excuse my ignorance but isn't a physical keyboard just a keyboard? I guess I get the similarities of design with the frets and stuff but how many different ways can a company really design something as straightforward as a qwerty keyboard? I've seen a lot of physical keyboard phones that resemble blackberry keyboards so couldn't they technically sue all those companies as well?

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MarkyZ10

Maybe they are paying BlackBerry royalties.

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tracygee

The curved designs of the keys are a Blackberry patent, I believe.

Spawn12

Good, hope BlackBerry buries these guys.

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terrycfc

First time I seen it I thought it was a blackberry product..
Nothing worse than getting ripped off.

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AshMcAuliffe

Too bloody right! Take the gimps down BlackBerry! :p

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MarkyZ10

Goes to show that you don't need brains to be a celebrity. Anyone would have hesitated with a large investment that so obviously infringed on a well known patent.

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Lostonline

Clearly demonstrates how much contempt people have/had for BB.

My guess is this d-bag thought BB was dead, and had no teeth.

Mr Chen seems to have brought his fangs with him, and he likes to use them.

CDN BB

BBJoe2011

Good for BlackBerry, Seacrest OUT!

n9qzd

Bam!

At least make it look different people.

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Arny cua

Time to get back BlackBerry!

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bjschey

This iPhone keyboard case is flawed anyway. It covers up the home button, so let's say your done typing an email and you need to type a note in the memo pad now. You have to take the keyboard case off to hit the back button to get to the app changer screen or homescreen, then enter into the memo pad, put the keyboard case back on, type your memo, then take it off again to get out of the app, and so on... it's too much work for a keyboard. On a Q10 or Q5 the keyboard is just there. It's as simple as that, and a home button is not needed because of the gesture operation. Once more, if your rocking a Z10 or Z30, the touchscreen keyboard is so good, it actually can be seen as a competitor to the physical qwerty keyboard on the Q10 or Q5. Not to mention it blows all other touchscreen keyboards on other platforms and devices out of the ocean that is the smartphone market.

l also can't believe they copied BlackBerry and didn't think they would get sued. Look at it. That's what the Q30 is probably going to look like. Full qwerty keyboard with a 4 inch screen, just photoshop a BB10 screen in, and there you go... A Q30.

So, let's now dub this iPhone keyboard case the first big tech fail of 2014.

BlackBerry is going to nail their asses!

#TeamBackBerry #SeacrestSucks #TypoProductsSuck #MassiveFail #NailTheirAss

By the way, don't quit your day job Mr. Seacrest. Leave the technology and business to the professionals at BlackBerry. You have more important things to deal with at the moment, like that massive lawsuit that just bitch-slapped you in the face. BOOM!!!

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Pradeep Parekh

actually I think the keyboard is built in with a home key button. It connects to the ports so it communicates with the phone and can tell it to go to the home screen. I'm guessing you haven't used one, neither have I by that point, but the close up photos do indicate a home screen and I'm guessing that's the functionality they employed.

bjschey

@ Pradeep Parekh: My mistake, you are correct. I took a closer look and it appears that there is a button on the bottom right of the keyboard with the same rounded edge square symbol that is on the physical homescreen button of the iPhone.

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nosmartphoneyet

Ha haha... hate Seacrest... hope BlackBerry takes them all

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Double_De

Haha lol thank god

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bad mojo92

Finally! I was hoping from the start they would but seeing BlackBerry all defensive with the bad news I thought they wouldn't..but it's time! What's ours remains ours!

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marvini

10000000 points to BlackBerry and John Chen!!!

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ShadowRaine

I said it would happen. The keyboard was a clone of the Q10's!

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Rodney Wilder

Boom shakalak

Take that douchecrest!

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RezzaBuh

Patent trolls :(.

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Lostonline

You don't even know what a patent Troll is.

CDN BB

marvini

What this shows is that a BlackBerry (based in keyboard and efficiency) is necessary for business. It also shows that the app ecosystem needs to increase to prevent the need to carry two devices. We are on the right track though...go BlackBerry

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Pradeep Parekh

I seriously doubt that this shows any of those trends or facts....blackberry is basically barely alive and is playing to the enterprise because they have a greater market share there. the rapid decline of BB market share and rise of BBOD proves much of your statement wrong...what it does show that there is still a niche market for full qwerty keyboards (even that is hopeful because this case isn't on full scale sale yet). the funny thing is that there are more productivity based apps on the other platforms than on BB10 or BBOS that the argument that blackberry is the best of productivity also holds little to no weight no adays...I mean you can basically run a whole business on an ipad (credit card sales, banking, cost management etc.) while the only true PDF editing app for productivity on BB10 is a Android Port (a good one at that) but still a port....blackberry is not bad but its functionality and productivity strengths are actually worse than any of the three other OSes.

Smitty13

*Grabs popcorn for ensuing show*

As a guy who loves BlackBerry and strongly dislikes Seacrest, all I have to say is: Go get em, BlackBerry!!!

milo53

Oops, just lost the Kardashians.

JRF_1986

Excellent! When I first saw the keyboard attachment for the iPhone, I just knew they had to do something.

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Observation Junkie

Great move BlackBerry and quite right too.

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BBUniq01

Finally BlackBerry grows some balls.

BB Uniq BB Bold -Z10 with 1925

BB10user07

Awesome...I said it before...you got go after it with full force.

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playyah

Good one

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III 4U2NV III

Awesome!

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LeeTaaylor

Well done BlackBerry!

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Dominick079

It looks like Seacrest just worked for free on New Years Eve. I don't see anyway that BlackBerry will lose this case.

jojon2se

I'm not so sure this is going to be public attention of the good kind.

I am fully expecting there will be a lot of bandwagon-riders likening this to precedents of desperate companies that after losing their competetive edge have resorted to full time patent trolling.

leeboy82

Blackberry is always being imitated but never duplicated (Q10 boss)

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nick canada

It's good BlackBerry is on top of this but in this case I don't think it will really matter, who's going to buy that? How much money can BlackBerry get back from this? Other then showing it's a new BlackBerry and the publicity.

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VR6

Lol Ryan!

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.pinkberry

Yes!!!!

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Raptor5007

Good for you blackberry.

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kimoi

Good, they're finally standing up for themselves

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wincyUt

Great way to start 2014 with a "no nonsense attitude " BlackBerry!!!! John Chen is truly announcing to the world that this is the end of the era of walking or stomping all over BlackBerry.
Go BlackBerry!!!!!

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jwyoungy

When I first saw this device I knew BlackBerry would sue. I have no idea why Typo thought they could do this without an agreement with BlackBerry. BlackBerry waited I'm sure to sue because they probably want the product to go to market and BlackBerry will collect their $5 per case or what ever the courts (or a deal reached between typo and BlackBerry) decides. I just can't understand why they didn't change the keyboard even a little bit.

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Gees97

Hahaha who would want a BlackBerry keyboard on an iPhone? Damn sheep!

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walt63

I'll go opposite and say that BlackBerry will lose this lawsuit.

1. It's Ryan Seacrest - America's favorite host.
2. It's BlackBerry fighting on US soil.
3. This product is for an iPhone and the iPhone is the "greatest device on earth". Apple will probably step in some how and again, a US company fighting on US soil.
4. The US patent and copyright infringement regulations are kind of a joke. The biggest wallet usually persuades the outcome.

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spiro_mtl

Unfortunately, I would have to agree with you. There's no way BlackBerry is winning this lawsuit in the good ol US of A . The courts in the US actually ruled in Apple's favor when they sued Samsung for patent infringement that the galaxy S3 looked like an iPhone! How the hell does a S3 look like an iPhone? Seriously? All their lawsuits in other countries were dismissed.

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tracygee

Disagree. Patents are pretty cut and dry.

No judge is going to give a crap that it's for an iphone. They're not suing Apple. Same for Ryan Seacrest. He's just an investor and the figurehead.

And lastly, my guess is this never makes it to trial anyway. They'll settle in six months to a year and end up paying Blackberry for using their design, which is what they should be receiving.

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