“Seacrest out!” is probably what some executives at BlackBerry are thinking. The Canadian mobile company has won an early round in a legal case against an iPhone keyboard company that was co-founded by “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest.
Seacrest’s company Typo Products LLC has been banned by a court order from selling its iPhone keyboard in the U.S. as BlackBerry pursue a patent infringement case against the company. BlackBerry claims that Typo Products ripped off the design from its physical keyboards used for typing on BlackBerry phones.
San Francisco based U.S. District Judge William Orrick ruled that BlackBerry will likely be able to prove its infringement claims against Typo Products and would be damaged if the sales of the $99 iPhone keyboard is allowed to continue. If Typo Products prevails in court, the ban could be lifted.
“This ruling will help prevent further injury to BlackBerry from Typo’s blatant theft of our patented keyboard technology,” said BlackBerry in a statement.
Typo Products is going to appeal Orrick’s ruling. Typo Products warned that it could go out of business if it was not allowed to keep selling its iPhone keyboard in court papers.
Seacrest co-founded Typo Products with Laurence Hallier last year. The iPhone keyboard launched in January.
[Source: Huffington Post]