Typo to judge: BlackBerry's patents are invalid
0. phoneArena 20 Feb 2014, 01:42 posted on
In a request made to a federal court in San Francisco, Apple iPhone accessory manufacturer Typo is requesting that the court dismiss BlackBerry's patent infringement suit against it. For those coming late to the opera, Typo is a company co-founded by Ryan Seacrest. Yes, it's the same guy who hosts American Idol and who has his fingers in the pies of many other broadcast properties...
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1. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)
I'm with BB on this, Typo should either pay up or redesign.
6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I doubt that BB will get a restraining order stopping Typo from producing its keyboard case while the lawsuit proceeds. If the case doesn't get dismissed for materiality reasons, I suspect the case proceeds down a well-worn path, with BB getting a royalty award on the order of 1 - 2% of gross sales until the patent lapses.
I wonder if BB will even cover their litigation costs on this one? We aren't talking about multiple millions of sales at a unit selling price of $600. Which is why BB has to worry about their lawsuit being dismissed on materiality grounds.
3. Nkolsen (Posts: 60; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
I love it. So SJ "invents" the iphone which uses touch, and he say keyboards and stylus' are not smart. Now the keyboard addon is sold out and apple is patenting stuff on a stylus. I love this company, they really stick to what they say.......
4. Hammerfest (Posts: 383; Member since: 12 May 2012)
This is the kind of BS that annoys me:
"The problem is that the design of the Typo QWERTY resembles that of the keyboard on a number of BlackBerry models, or so says the Canadian handset manufacturer."
Should be so says the Canadian handset manufacturer and anyone not living under a rock...
As he himself admitted he used a BB AND an iPhone device, if that doesn't stink of a blatant design copy with the perfect TEMPLATE to copy from... then I have nothing nice to say that wouldnt get me banned as this rates on a scale unheard of before!
8. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Give the man a break. He isnt even married and he's close to 40. But anyways totally agree with whatcha said. Anyone other than me thinks the typo makes the damn phone looks abit too long like maybe aspect ratio of 5:2.
5. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
This is just a cheap blatant copy of Blackberry's keyboard. Redesign your stupid cheap clone plasticky keyboard or pay up, Typo! Don't be such a poophead.
7. JMartin22 (Posts: 1937; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
50% faster typing? that's a bit disingenuous. One, because you lose auto-correctness with this keyboard; two, you're spending more physical energy and time having to push down on the hardware keys, as opposed to lightly and rapidly tapping the screen to input the latter.
Anyone who is good at typing on a mobile screen, will probably type faster on the capacitive screen than this overpriced garbage.
For once, I agree with "TheVerge" and their tech review articles; they gave this thing a 3 out of 10 for obvious reasons.
9. lhtbinh1909 (Posts: 89; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)
No BB, you must let Typo on sell, to let people know how perfectly your keyboards are
11. tokuzumi (Posts: 946; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
While yes, this keyboard is almost a copy of the BB keyboard, this will in no way cause any negative impact to BB sales. No one will mistake an iPhone with this case for a BB. I really don't see BB taking this case very far. BB should focus on selling some phones, or getting the world hooked on their BBM software.
12. thebadger (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)
"Typo sold out of its January and February production" I am very, very curious about the figures How many items is that (how many keyboards they sold already)? 1000? 2000? 10000? 100000? I wasn’t able to find that on the internet. Could you update your article with these figures?