BlackBerry seeks injunction against Typo2

BlackBerry seeks injunction against Typo2
Ryan Seacrest, radio and television star, had a problem. He loved the BlackBerry physical QWERTY keyboard, but he also liked using the iPhone. So he would use his 'Berry for emailing, texting and for other times when he needed more control over his typing. For everything else, he used the iPhone. Eventually, he had an idea. A snap-on physical QWERTY for the iPhone was produced, and was soon offered to the public as the Typo. The company's website proclaimed that the product increased typing speed on the iPhone by 50%.

When designing Typo, Seacrest's crew made a major blunder. They made the keyboard look almost exactly like the one on the BlackBerry Q10. The Canadian manufacturer took notice and sued Typo. The court ordered an injunction which Typo allegedly violated, and earlier this month the company was ordered to pay BlackBerry $860,000.

Eventually, Typo's designers went back to work and created Typo2. We wouldn't say that there were many changes made, and apparently BlackBerry agrees. The Hollywood Reporter (not exactly known for its smartphone coverage) reported on Tuesday that BlackBerry has filed suit against Typo once again, claiming that the Typo2 "still blatantly copies BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard." BlackBerry also included trade reviews with its complaint, with many saying that with Typo2 "the BlackBerry influence remains."


BlackBerry is asking for damages and another injunction, looking "to put an end to Defendants' pattern and practice of unlawful conduct." It makes us wonder why Typo designers couldn't have just come up with a design totally unlike BlackBerry's keyboard. The basic idea is very sound, but if the court rules that Typo2 also copies BlackBerry, it might be game over for the young company.



source: Scribd, TheHollywoodReporter via MobileSyrup

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46 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Time to sue McDonald's for making a hamburger like my hamburger:

2. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Really?

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21619; Member since: May 28, 2014

Your trolling of BlackBerry is old now. Time to find a new hobby.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Pot calling the kettle black.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21619; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lame "me too" answer.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Can you be funny at least?

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21619; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're no comedian.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Never claimed to be one.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 21619; Member since: May 28, 2014

Then you shouldn't talk about someone not being funny.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well I would be lying if I said you were.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 21619; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're already a liar. Nothing new there.

44. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Like you can talk. You're getting repetitive now. *puts troll food away*

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21619; Member since: May 28, 2014

That should be a "period" at the end of your sentence, btw.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well that explains why you constantly throw hissy fits lol.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21619; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the boy going through menopause.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

*claps* It was a "No You" response but better than the responses you've used in the past. I guess it "Depends" on your mood lol.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 21619; Member since: May 28, 2014

So lame. You're definitely not a comedian.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That was a pitiful comeback,

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 21619; Member since: May 28, 2014

The pitiful claiming that someone's comeback is pitiful. How ironic. Nonetheless, what I posted is no less true.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

*yawn* you're boring me now.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 21619; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's what she said about you.

45. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Again we'll talk once you've actually entered the ballpark.

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 21619; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the pimply face virgin.

10. bendgate unregistered

Says an Apple fan.

11. JohnGrant

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Your hamburgers must be disgusting if they are similar to McDonald's!

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

And now Apple will sue BlackBerry for copying their habit of frivolous lawsuits.

5. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

How is this frivolous? Looks like Seacrest was trying to rip off intellectual property developed and owned by Research in Motion.

4. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

They're pretty dumb. Why couldn't they just change the design?

27. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Because then it wouldn't be the same experience as using a BlackBerry, which was the reason he started this venture in the first place. He said he wanted the typing experience of a BlackBerry on his iPhone when they announced the first Typo model. Maybe if he'd gone to BlackBerry and tried to partner with them on it, they wouldn't be in this mess.

6. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Seacrest...get ready to eat another hot dog. Of course, that's nothing for you, because you're down that way anyhow....

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