BlackBerry says it will suffer irreparable harm if Typo's QWERTY is allowed to be sold

BlackBerry says it will suffer irreparable harm if Typo's QWERTY is allowed to be sold
On Friday, BlackBerry and Typo met in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. As you probably recall, Typo is the brainchild of broadcaster Ryan Seacrest. After lugging around two phones all the time, a BlackBerry for typing and messaging and an Apple iPhone for everything else, Seacrest had a brainstorm. He founded Typo, which sells a physical QWERTY keyboard that snaps together to fit over an Apple iPhone. Typo claims that its product helps iPhone users type as much as 50% faster.

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".

source: Bloomberg

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43 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Seriously it is a blatant copy from BlackBerry

45. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

It is a blatant copy of BlackBerry from Typo.

2. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

At this point, any competitor selling ANYTHING will cause harm to BB

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Just stop trying BB. No casual user use your device anymore.

7. thenewguy

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 24, 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: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

School doesn't teach you who the hell users a BB.

27. thenewguy

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

School teaches people to fix their grammar. Guess you didn't finish school?

20. jnieto490

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 24, 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: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

thank you someone here is not on crack

24. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

just shut up and go google blackberry market share before you start to just trolling: http://bgr.com/2014/03/07/blackberry-us-market-share-2/

26. thenewguy

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 24, 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: 40; Member since: Aug 02, 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?

42. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Blackberry is dead. Deal with it.

5. tsuperman

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 29, 2013

Blackberry is on its death bed anyway, they might as well buy this keyboard and sell it as a BB product.

6. SamDroid unregistered

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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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 unregistered

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: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

when did a keyboard attachment caused a sales upset of a damn whole phone??? BB just stop..

19. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Hopefully BB win this one. If you look at it it's a complete copy.

12. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Hey look ios 7 running on blackberry 7 device lol.

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Ummm sorry bit misunderstanding.

16. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 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: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

21. jnieto490

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Death to the canadian company!!!

43. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 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."

22. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Damn you Seacrest!

25. abhi24

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 23, 2014

Hopefully BlackBerry wins the game. Blatant copying n then arguing about more options to consumers is just unethical.

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