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BlackBerry Settles Patent Dispute With Ryan Seacrest's Company

This story originally appeared on Reuters

BlackBerry Ltd and television host Ryan Seacrest's keyboard company Typo Products have agreed to settle a patent dispute over the sale of keyboards of a certain size, the Canadian smartphone maker said on Monday.

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Under the terms of the settlement, Typo will stop selling keyboards for and other devices with screens smaller than 7.9 inches, BlackBerry said. It can continue selling keyboards for larger devices.

In February, a U.S. district court sanctioned Typo, co-founded by "American Idol" host Seacrest, for violating an injunction that barred it from selling a $99 keyboard case that BlackBerry said infringed its patents.

Physical keyboards have remained a key selling point for BlackBerry, loved by many of the company's most loyal fans, as it loses to 's iPhone and phones that run on 's operating system, which typically have touchscreen keyboards.

(Reporting by Allison Martell; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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