BlackBerry, whose light isn’t shining too brightly of late, is going out swinging.
It has filed a patent lawsuit against the maker of a snap-on keyboard for iPhones. Apparently, BlackBerry believes its “iconic keyboard” is eligible for protection. I guess Mr. Qwerty’s patent expired. Not apparently an action in copyright. [But “Snap-On” is a brand name or trademark for a range of tools and toys, I believe, but not as far as I can tell a trademark for keyboards for iPhones.]
Patents are a funny thing. Is suing someone part of your information controls? Can you patent a keyboard which, after all, is just a collection of letters and numbers? Is either the keyboard or the way in which it works information?
“BlackBerry Lawsuit Targets Keyboard,” Wall Street Journal, January 4, 2014 B3 http://on.wsj.com/1e6VLYD