Blackberry Sues Ryan Seacrest, Alleged Tech Thief
Ryan Seacrest has become embroiled in one of the weirdest tech scandals of 2014 so far: Seacrest's start-up is being sued by Blackberry. For allegedly stealing its technology. Wait, what?
Well, the company Seacrest co-founded, Typo Products LLC, makes phone keyboards. The company is already taking advance orders for the product over which Blackberry is suing, a $99 slip-on keyboard for iPhones. Blackberry claims that the keyboard copies technology its been using for years in its own smartphones, and is suing for unspecified damages. It's also filed for a court order that would require Typo Products to get a licensing agreement in order to sell the keyboard.
Said Blackberry's general counsel: “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."
We'll just call out the elephant in the room: Will striking one phone keyboard from the market really keep BlackBerry afloat?
Probably not, considering BlackBerry lost a mind-boggling $4.4 billion in its last quarter, continuing its sharp downward spiral. And we also very much doubt that Ryan Seacrest is the savior of the non-touchscreen keyboard, because dude is way too busy with zillions of other projects. Although, maybe if they united their powers, they could be the greatest tech team the world has ever seen!
But probably not.