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BlackBerry asks court to make sure Typo obeys the sales ban that starts Friday

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BlackBerry asks court to make sure Typo obeys the sales ban that starts Friday
Back in March, BlackBerry won a preliminary injunction against Typo, preventing the latter from selling its snap together QWERTY keyboard case for the Apple iPhone. But it seems that sensing that an injunction was in the air, Typo made deals to sell its product through resellers and retailers. BlackBerry claims that the design and style of Typo's QWERTY keyboard is copied from the BlackBerry Q10, and seeks the immediate ban of Typo sales.

While BlackBerry was arguing in court for a sales ban, Typo responded that it wasn't necessary since it was a small company with a limited ability to produce inventory, which was sold only via its website. But BlackBerry found Typo's QWERTY keyboard case for sale at the Los Angeles International Airport after the court hearing. BlackBerry is concerned that Typo lied to the court about its ability to produce and sell its product.

"Typo has contradicted its prior sworn statements and has significantly changed the way it does business in an attempt to flood the market with infringing keyboards before entry of the injunction"-BlackBerry court filing

Technically, there is nothing illegal about the Typo sales at the airport since the injunction doesn't start until BlackBerry posts a $500,000 bond with the court that is due on Friday. Bond is posted just in case the injunction is overturned somewhere down the line and Typo has to be reimbursed for lost sales. Typo had requested that BlackBerry post a much larger bond, but even the judge felt that its request was too high. "The amount of bond requested by Typo is wildly inappropriate given the relatively limited sales activity that Typo represented to the Court had occurred to date," said Judge William Orrick.

source: PCWorld via Crackberry

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posted on 14 Apr 2014, 19:22 1

2. mturby (Posts: 214; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


instead of banning the TYPO, bb should've requested 95% of every sale made, that may help bb add some stitches to its bleed.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 21:12

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 2549; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Tried of people patenting the feel of a product. This form of patents hinder innovation and slow down technological advances.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 21:46

5. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Presumably, a lot of re$ource$ go into developing the right feel. Someone has to pay for that development and taking that risk to put it into their products.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 23:18

7. SleekGeek (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


I think that BlackBerry should just flat out buy Typo. That way, any and all sales would go directly to BlackBerry.

Excluding this, I hope BlackBerry makes short work of Typo so that they can get back to the business at hand. They have a lot of work to do, and could do without these types of distractions.

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