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BlackBerry is suing TV radio and radio personality Ryan Seacrest. In a lawsuit filed in San Francisco on Friday, BlackBerry claimed that there is a patent infringement involving Typo, a physical adapter keyboard.
With Typo, Apple IPhone users can attach a keyboard onto their smartphones. Steve Zipperstein, BlackBerry's general counsel, called Typo an infringement against BlackBerry's keyboard, according to CNN.
Representatives for BlackBerry attest that the $99 keyboard bears a great resemblance to the keyboards found on BlackBerry devices. Typo works using wireless technology from Bluetooth.
"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," Mr Zipperstein told Daily Mail.
BlackBerry might be able to stop the release if the lawsuit is successful. Pre-orders for Typo began in December, and shipments are slated to begin this month.
Ryan Seacrest invested $1 million into the start-up. The successful radio and TV host co-founded Typo with marketing executive Laurence Hallier.