iPad keyboard maker Brydge is suing the obvious creator of a very similar-looking competitor called Libra. Not only that, Brydge is also suing Kickstarter for launching a crowdfunding Libra keyboard campaign to infringe a Brydge patent. This patent addresses the key features that make a Brydge keyboard work: primarily a U-shaped hinge that allows the keyboard to be opened and closed like a laptop when attached to an iPad.
" To see something as brazen as this launch on Kickstarter … honestly, it is a small kick in the face for our employees to work tirelessly to build the reputation we have built, "says Nick Smith, CEO and co-founder of Brydge to The Verge .
Brydge wants the court to block all sales of the Libra keyboard, including the removal of Kickstarter's crowdfunding campaign, as well as a punitive damages claim for the alleged patent infringement. Bilby is Brydge's prototype keyboard and trackpad for the 1
2.9-inch iPad Pro.
Although there is a wide range of keyboard ports for iPads, Brydge's products were They are a model of Apple's laptops and look like a MacBook Pro when plugged in. My colleague Sam Byford recently cited it as one The Brydge keyboards are the "best option" for getting a laptop-like experience with the iPad Pro.
The Libra keyboard looks very much like a Brydge keyboard and is similarly attached to the iPad with a U-shaped clamp. According to Smith, the Brydge patent for clamping mechanics is the reason why many other keyboard manufacturers use folio designs or magnetic arrays to attach to tablets. "There is no doubt what we have is very unique," he says, "and that's why nobody else does."