Can BlackBerry Patent a Keyboard?

typo-cases-dual.jpgCan there be a better way to start 2014 than with a patent infringement story with a Canadian twist? BlackBerry has filed a patent infringement lawsuit  against Typo Products LLC. If you are a believer in the maxim that “the only thing worse than bad press is no press” then you would see this as a boon for Typo, which has garnered attention just in time for CES 2014. A Google search for “BlackBerry keyboard patent” now displays pictures of a smiling Ryan Seacrest, a co-founder of Typo.  Typo sells a slide-on physical keyboard for the iPhone 5, and the layout does looks suspiciously similar to a BlackBerry keyboard.

capture.JPGThe question from an IP law perspective is whether BlackBerry can claim patent protection for a keyboard. Isn’t asholesglidden2.png keyboard just a keyboard? After all, the QWERTY keyboard has been around since it was invented by Christopher Sholes in the late 1800s (the design at right). In fact there are hundreds of keyboard patents, and BlackBerry owns a number of issued patents for keyboard design, for both utility and design patents, including the US patent “Ramped-key keyboard for a handheld mobile communication device” US8449208 (image at left). A new improvement on the basic QWERTY design can indeed be protectable, either through a utility or design patent. Whether this particular patent infringement case proceeds, or is settled, it illustrates the uses of patent  and industrial design to protect incremental improvements to existing technology. Stay tuned.

Calgary - 11:00 MST

No comments yet. Be the first.

Leave a reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

i want to buy prednisone without a perscription order prednisone free next day airprednisone on line Buy accutane with visa where can i purchase synthroid 200 mcg mastercard without a prescription where can i purchase zithromax online purchase Buspar no visa online without prescription buy Atarax amex purchase cheap Atarax online buying Cytotec online lisinopril lisinopril buy lisinopril lisinopril buy Lisinopril cheap uk buy Lisinopril buy Lisinopril legally Metformin uk Metformin from india cheapest place to buy Metformin buy Metformin free consultation order generic Metformin Metformin drug buy Metformin pay cod Metformin no prescription where to buy finpecia buy prednisone spain buy prednisone in the us purchase Buspar without prescription to ship overnight where to buy Amitriptyline without a prescription Premarin mexico valtrex generic pharmacy iframe Buy Valtrex from usa without a perscription purchase Maxalt without buy Metformin without a credit card buy Metformin no rx finpecia online pharmacy buy cheap valtrex without prescription free fedex delivery Valacyclovir Amitriptyline from india Premarin drug order cheap overnight Premarin online Maxalt purchase buy cheap generic prednisone online canada pharmacy no prescription buy prednisone oral Metformin online purchase buy Metformin doctor prescription Finpecia generic online online|Finpecia 1 mg order online|Finpecia generic vs propecia|Finpecia cost australia|buy generic Finpecia uk|purchase Finpecia uk|buy Finpecia online prescription|buy generic Finpecia 1mg|buy Finpecia|Finpecia online australia|buy Finpecia no prescription uk|order Finpecia 1mg|buy Finpecia cheap|Finpecia generic 1mg|Finpecia online prescription|Finpecia 1mg generic canada|Finpecia costco pharmacy|Finpecia 1mg india|Finpecia generic walmart|buy Finpecia no prescription forum|buy Finpecia online australia|Finpecia online uk) buy Metformin in united states online Metformin sale purchase Orlistat visa buy finpecia over counter cheap purchase Orlistat order no online rx Orlistat purchase Orlistat no visa without prescription buy on line Orlistat generic Orlistat prices online prescription Orlistat online prescription Orlistat medikament Orlistat buy Finpecia online|buy cheap Finpecia online|order Finpecia|Finpecia generic walmart|Finpecia online prescription|buy Finpecia 1mg online|Finpecia generic online|Finpecia costco price|order Finpecia online|buy Finpecia 1mg malaysia|purchase Finpecia uk|topical Finpecia buy|Finpecia 1 mg order online|Finpecia generic|buy Finpecia online canada|Finpecia 1 mg order online|Finpecia online india|Finpecia generic 1 mg|order Finpecia uk|Finpecia depression women|buy cheap Finpecia 1mg|Finpecia generic names|legal buy Finpecia online|Finpecia depression women|buy Finpecia 1mg india|Finpecia generic walmart|buy Finpecia 1mg online|Finpecia online india|buy Finpecia 1mg online|Finpecia 1mg tablets|Finpecia costco price|order Finpecia canada|buy Finpecia online australia|Finpecia dose hair|buy Finpecia online paypal|Finpecia 1mg|Finpecia 1mg for sale|Finpecia online uk|buy Finpecia uk|Finpecia 1mg vs 1mg|Finpecia generic walmart|Finpecia costco pharmacy|buy Finpecia online paypal|F finpecia online no rx finpecia with fedex buy finpecia next day delivery purchase Premarin without prescription to ship overnight where buy Premarin