Why BlackBerry Is Suing Ryan Seacrest

The American Idol host is clearly the struggling company's biggest problem right now

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Ryan Seacrest attends an NBA playoff game

BlackBerry took a break Friday from dealing with falling revenue, rescinded sales attempts, and a lost CEO to take on what one tech blog wryly describes as the company’s “real threat”: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

The company is suing Typo Products, cofounded by Seacrest and entrepreneur Laurence Hallier, for creating a case with a keyboard that allegedly infringes on BlackBerry’s patents. “Typo has blatantly copied BlackBerry’s keyboard,” the company said in a press release Friday, conceding that it was at least “flattered by the desire to graft our keyboard onto other smartphones.”

Here’s what the Typo case looks like:

typo products

Typo Products

And here’s a BlackBerry:

BlackBerry Bold
Research in Motion

BlackBerry isn’t making any friends in the celebrity world this week. The struggling company also ended its relationship with singer Alicia Keys on Thursday, who had been serving as a creative director.

9 comments
theefingking
theefingking

Still obsessing about keypads!!!....can you say out-of-touch.....

theefingking
theefingking

More money lost for BB. It's close but it's not the same idea or design.

dbrunover1
dbrunover1

OMG they even copied the letters and everything, those ba$terds ! 


lol can we take up a collection for poor CrapBerry apparently they need cash .. 

MiamiMarlins77
MiamiMarlins77

i like this new Blackberry CEO.

Alicia keys was a bad choice. #2 she use iphone & ipad for social media posting

MiamiMarlins77
MiamiMarlins77

lol.  true

that bold keyboard is a monster..  better than the q10!

merdekafreedom
merdekafreedom

hahaha..  Typo will lost this case..
but Typo will get the much needed publicity

DavidPrzG
DavidPrzG

That keyboard is an exact copy of the Blackberry Q10's keyboard with only 2-3 changed input buttons, Blackberry can totally get a piece of whatever Typo WILL be earning for that gadget.