BlackBerry says it will suffer irreparable harm if Typo's QWERTY is allowed to be sold
The problem is that the keys on Typo strongly resemble the QWERTY keyboard on the BlackBerry Q10. This led to BlackBerry's suit against Typo. And with U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick validating two of the three patents that BlackBerry is asserting in the suit, it seems that the Waterloo based handset manufacturer might be off to a good start. After all, Typo is claiming that BlackBerry's patents are invalid.
BlackBerry attorney Kevin Johnson told the court that Typo's copying of BlackBerry's design was "intentional and deliberate." Another BlackBerry attorney, James Asperger, said that his client will suffer irreparable harm if Typo is allowed to continue selling its keyboard. Asperger said that BlackBerry has invested billions to develop its keyboard and has lost sales as consumers buy the $99 Typo instead of a BlackBerry Q10. So far, Typo has been a hit with sales of 4000 units.
Typo attorney Olivier Taillieu responded by saying that BlackBerry wants to monopolize the QWERTY keyboard market and added that many other phones have the same design that BlackBerry says that it owns. Taillieu also said that "BlackBerry’s problems are not related to Typo. We don’t believe Typo is the reason for any loss of sales to BlackBerry." The attorney told the judge that BlackBerry has not shown evidence that sales of its phones are driven by the QWERTY keyboard.
BlackBerry is seeking an injunction to block Typo from selling its keyboard and Judge Orrick said that he will rule on the request "promptly".
1. hafini_27 (Posts: 240; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
Seriously it is a blatant copy from BlackBerry
45. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 148; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)
It is a blatant copy of BlackBerry from Typo.
2. D.Aceveda (Posts: 359; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
At this point, any competitor selling ANYTHING will cause harm to BB
3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1319; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Anyone read The Verge review on this? Total POS. It looks like Q10 keyboard, but that's all they have in common.
15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5599; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Have you used the Typo keyboard? I have (a friend purchased one), and it is hardly a POS. Typo is an option for people who want a keyboard option for the iPhone. There is no way that my friend would purchase a BB, so there are no 'lost sales' for BB. If the Typo were to be banned, my friend would just suffer through using the iPhone touch keyboard, as they moved on from BB almost two years ago.
The best thing for BB to do is negotiate a license with Typo, where Typo pays some $ to BB. If BB loses their request for an injunction, there is no incentive for Typo to do anything, because by denying the request for an injunction, the court is basically saying to BB they doubt BB's ability to win at trial.
4. techloverNYC (Posts: 388; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
Just stop trying BB. No casual user use your device anymore.
7. thenewguy (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)
What a troll! No casual user? BB still has market share. I wonder where you studied because it seems like you don't know anything at all.
14. frydaexiii (Posts: 1196; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
School doesn't teach you who the hell users a BB.
27. thenewguy (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)
School teaches people to fix their grammar. Guess you didn't finish school?
20. jnieto490 (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)
Lol they have very little market share a company like zte from china has more share than the stupid canadians do
23. techloverNYC (Posts: 388; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
thank you someone here is not on crack
28. lyndon420 (Posts: 1712; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Stupid Canadians??? That's a fairly broad insult bud. Are you referring to all Canadians in general?
24. techloverNYC (Posts: 388; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
just shut up and go google blackberry market share before you start to just trolling:
26. thenewguy (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)
Another article written by another troll from a troll website. See my point, troll? It's not a even a credible website.
33. FakeMatt (Posts: 19; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
Have you ever heard the story of the "boy who cried troll"?
Which source on the BB market share will you consider reputable, huh?
NY Times, claiming just 0.6% global market share as of February 2013?
Techcrunch, who showed 3.1%, under Windows Phone as of January 2014?
Or, how about PhoneArena, who reported 1.5% worldwide as of October 2013?
Or are all of those troll sites?
5. tsuperman (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Sep 2013)
Blackberry is on its death bed anyway, they might as well buy this keyboard and sell it as a BB product.
6. SamDroid (Posts: 137; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)
Typo had over a gazillion designs to choose from. I think its really suspicious that the keyboard looks just like BB's Bold and Curve. Apparently they worked on this for two year s so you can't say they copied the Q10....Which was released last year
17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5599; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
It looks nothing like the keyboard on the Bold. I used to own a Bold 9000 and the Typo keyboard doesn't look anything like the 9000's keyboard. It does look like the keyboard on the Q10, though.
38. SamDroid (Posts: 137; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)
Look closely at the way the keys are shaped. I'm holding a BB Bold 9900 right now and I'm pretty sure I'm not blind, I think. They definitely look the same
8. UnlimitedSkye03 (Posts: 24; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
when did a keyboard attachment caused a sales upset of a damn whole phone??? BB just stop..
19. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5599; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
BB is just acting butthurt over a keyboard being added to an iPhone - the phone that started the decline of their global domination of the smartphone market.
Keyboards on Android phones haven't fazed them (I am thinking of the Droid 1 through 4 phones; HTC had a phone with a keyboard, too).
Yeah, adding a keyboard to the iPhone just pressed a sensitive button for BB.
9. techperson211 (Posts: 510; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
Hopefully BB win this one. If you look at it it's a complete copy.
10. lyndon420 (Posts: 1712; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
The most harm done was in RIM's decision to stick with the physical keyboard for their devices when the competition was adopting touch screens. A similar thing happened to Nokia when they bucked the notion of adopting the Android ecosystem...they could be sitting in Samsung's throne right now. When I see the Blackberry keyboard sitting on an apple phone...I get an urge to make a jam sandwich.
11. Doakie (Posts: 1175; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Yep. Could you imagine the sales success the 1020 would have been if it ran Android instead? I would own one right now instead of a Note 3. No question. 38 MP pictures with the Android Ecosystem? It would be a "SHUT UP! TAKE MY MONEY!" moment.
12. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3071; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Hey look ios 7 running on blackberry 7 device lol.
13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3071; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Ummm sorry bit misunderstanding.
16. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
While I won't comment on whether Blackberry is losing customers over this…
Yes, I'd call that a blatant copy. The shape is the same, the buttons look the same, the layout looks the same, the FONT looks the same.
Hell I thought I was looking at a Blackberry at first. It almost looks shopped. Or is it?
18. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5207; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Typo is a stupid company that don't deserve to earn money with their stupid blatant copy keyboard from BlackBerry.
Go BB, hope BB wins this one.
43. fzacek (Posts: 1379; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Everybody, including Typo and Blackberry, knows that Blackberry will die no matter what. That iPhone keyboard would not change a thing, even if it is a "stupid blatant copy."
25. abhi24 (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Mar 2014)
Hopefully BlackBerry wins the game. Blatant copying n then arguing about more options to consumers is just unethical.
29. gamblor77 (Posts: 70; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
It's obvious to everyone that typo is a complete rip off from the BB bold keyboard. However BB's lawyers really need to get their act together and work an angle of facts. Don't claim you're losing sales and it will hurt your business if your business is already doing poorly. They need another argument or BB needs better lawyers.
30. Jommick (Posts: 184; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
I like how the case isn't legally about whether they copied blackberry, it's about whether the keyboard is what sells blackberry devices and if sales of the typo keyboard affect the sales of blackberry devices.
Honestly, for 4000 units sold, I don't imagine blackberry could be hurting that much from it. Then again...
31. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Anyone with half a brain can see that this is a blatant copy of the BlackBerry Q10 keyboard. To say otherwise, is ridiculous. To comment on marketshare, who likes BlackBerry and who doesn't is also irrelevant. Too many people on this site do nothing but show unjustified hate towards BlackBerry. If you don't like BlackBerry, that's fine. But to come on a BlackBerry specific article with the sole purpose of speaking about the company negatively, just makes no sense whatsoever. Better that you refrain from even reading the article.
32. tasior (Posts: 191; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)
I don't get it. What is there to copy? qwerty? black and white design? buttons? I realise, that BB has always been liked, for having keyboard in their phone, but it's a keyboard. What is so special about it? I'm not attacking, I'm asking...
35. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
You have to look at the keyboard on the BlackBerry Q10 and compare it to the Typo keyboard. Then you will see.
36. tasior (Posts: 191; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)
The changes are not significant, but when You look at a PC, you see, that almost all computers have nearly the same keyboard. Should there be legal war, between Logitech, Microsoft etc?
It's a keyboard! There is nothing special about it.
41. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
There may not be anything special about to you, but being that BlackBerry has patents on this type of keyboard which a judge has ruled to be valid by the way, there is something special about it. And something worth protecting. Its their IP. Should they let just anyone use it without due compensation? I think not....
34. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
TYPO is the least of Blackberry's problems right now.
37. KenAdams (Posts: 55; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
What more damage could they possibly incur? They need to drop their smartphone ventures and concentrate on software and enterprise services to gain any sort of profit and traction.
39. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
How will you press home button with that thing attached to phone???
44. thetuba (Posts: 19; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)
The Droid Pro on Verizon has a keyboard that looks just like the Blackberry Bold 9650 keyboard. They never went after Motorola......
46. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)
Yes, but how do we know that Motorola and BlackBerry don't already have some type of licensing deal in place?