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Typo says BlackBerry suit "lacks merit"

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Typo says BlackBerry suit
On Friday, we told you that BlackBerry had sued Typo, a company that makes a snap-on QWERTY keyboard for the Apple iPhone, for copying the design of the keyboard on BlackBerry handsets. The company, co-founded by Hollywood celebrity Ryan Seacrest, has already started accepting pre-orders at $99, and BlackBerry hinted in a statement on Friday, that it would be open to some sort of royalty deal.

We suppose that when you're a big-time celebrity and make oodles of money, being sued by BlackBerry just might be another day at the office. Consider the strongly-worded response from Typo. The company said that BlackBerry's suit "lacks merit" and that it plans to "defend the case vigorously." Of course, you wouldn't really expect any other response, especially from a company that apparently will not wilt under the pressure of having to defend its one and only product in court before one unit is actually shipped.

Typo says it will go ahead with its previously announced appearance at next week's CES, and plans to start shipping out pre-orders at the end of this month. No doubt there will be a lot more ink spilled on this story, and we look forward to seeing how Typo's lawyer's explain something that our eagle-eyed readers pointed out when we first told you about the product, mainly that it does bear a strong resemblance to the QWERTY on the BlackBerry Q10 right down to the frets employed on the latter.

"We are aware of the lawsuit that Blackberry filed today against Typo Products. Although we respect Blackberry and its intellectual property, we believe that Blackberry’s claims against Typo lack merit and we intend to defend the case vigorously. We are excited about our innovative keyboard design, which is the culmination of years of development and research. The Typo keyboard has garnered an overwhelmingly positive response from the public. We are also looking forward to our product launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week and remain on track to begin shipping pre-orders at the end of January."-Typo

Well, that's show business.

source: Mashable via MobileSyrup

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posted on 04 Jan 2014, 09:21 27

1. jellmoo (Posts: 697; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


"The Typo keyboard has garnered an overwhelmingly positive response from the public."

Well, yes, that's what happens when you pretty blatantly steal the design of what is widely regarded as the best physical keyboard on the market.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 09:44 14

5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1486; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


+1 on that. Blackberry has best-looking and -working physical keyboard on mobile market. They really have reason to sue Typo or at least ask big royalties.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 11:06

17. 14545 (Posts: 1137; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


One has to agree with this. I mean it is almost identical minus BB10 and a screen. haha.

Heck, BB probably would have cut them a smoking licensing deal if they had just reached out and said they wanted to create this and use their keyboard as a design.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 09:31

2. karim77 (Posts: 66; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


What will be the problem if typo made another keyboard not similar to this !!

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 09:46 5

6. jellmoo (Posts: 697; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


None? The concept is fine, the problem is in the execution.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 09:34 1

3. patric (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)


Will we see Typo for Android ?

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 09:49 1

7. jellmoo (Posts: 697; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Considering that the size of each Android device, as well as the location of the USB port is quite different, a catch all for Android devices isn't very likely.

*Maybe* a unique one for the most popular handsets, but adding a keyboard attachment like this to say, the Galaxy S4, would make the thing absurdly large.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 11:13 5

10. FastKatt (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 May 2011)


One word...
Bluetooth

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 13:40

12. sianto (Posts: 65; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


Don't forget that sizes differ!

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 14:47

14. jellmoo (Posts: 697; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


True, but then you would have to remove the unit to charge your device. Not the end of the world by any means, but not the most convenient solution either.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 09:39 14

4. imnotascammer (Posts: 65; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


"We are excited about our innovative keyboard design, which is the culmination of years of development and research.."

Seriously?

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 09:59 28

8. jellmoo (Posts: 697; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Well, technically it is the culmination of years of development and research. They just neglected to mention that said development and research was done by Blackberry.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 11:51 3

11. Sesameopen (Posts: 106; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


HAHAHAH!! +1

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 07:23

19. Maryewww (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


Lmao +1

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 10:27 9

9. tenzin (Posts: 92; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


I hope blackberry win this case

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 13:53 5

13. mariosraptor (Posts: 110; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


I hope blackberry wins the case too. And a royalty fee is granted. We all can see that the Q10 and this keyboard are exact twins.
So to Typo, go along with blackberry or I see your product never shipping.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 22:44 1

15. kindlefireowner (Posts: 425; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Typo only has to do one thing? Drag this out for a year. By then Blackberry will be dead.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 11:10 1

18. 14545 (Posts: 1137; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Even if BB were to die, someone would gobble up their design patents, so someone else would come after them with BB patents. Better to license now and be done with it.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 03:10 1

16. GeekMovement (Posts: 1514; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Pathetic. It looks exactly like the bold keyboard. Somethings not right if Blackberry doesn't win this.

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