The allegations emerged in a patent infringement lawsuit filed Friday in a
The complaint contends that Typo Products' keyboard for recent iPhone models illegally copies technology and designs that BlackBerry pioneered years ago for its line of smartphones. BlackBerry is seeking unspecified damages and a court order that would prevent Typo Products from selling the keyboard without a licensing agreement.
Typo Products didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
The keyboard in dispute hasn't hit the market yet, though Typo Products has been taking early orders for the
The physical keyboards on BlackBerry's phones helped reshape the way that people used mobile devices.
But those phones have been waning in popularity since
BlackBerry still sells phones with physical keyboards that the company now says are being cloned by Typo Products.
"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
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