This BlackBerry keyboard clone has a celebrity in legal trouble.
BlackBerry today struck a blow against one of its most bitter rivals: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.
Only one day after BlackBerry severed ties with “global creative director” and singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, the smartphone maker says that a company founded by Seacrest infringed on its rights in making an iPhone case that copies BlackBerry’s distinctive keyboard.
The patent lawsuit (PDF) is filed in US District Court in Northern California against Typo Products, co-founded by CEO Laurence Hallier and Ryan Seacrest, whose credentials include serving as chairman of The Ryan Seacrest Foundation and host of On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest and Hallier reportedly invested more than $1 million in Typo.