BlackBerry seeks to block U.S. sales of Typo

BlackBerry seeks to block U.S. sales of Typo
You know the story by now. Radio and Television personality Ryan Seacrest carries two phones. His BlackBerry is deployed when he needs to tap out email and texts. His Apple iPhone is used for, well, everything else. Favoring the latter phone, he comes up with the idea for a snap-on physical QWERTY for the iPhone called Typo, which would have been a perfect idea, except for the fact that the QWERTY looks too much like the one on the BlackBerry Q10.

BlackBerry has now filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California seeking to block U.S. sales and imports of the accessory, calling it "an obvious knockoff". The filing was made late on Wednesday. Typo has already sold out its initial inventory thanks to strong demand on the back of some positive reviews of the product. Typo costs $99 and works with both the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5.

BlackBerry is claiming that Typo infringes on U.S. Design Patent 685,775 for the design elements of a "handheld electronic device" and U.S. Patent 7,629,964 which covers "an electronic device with keyboard optimized for use with the thumbs." In its filing, BlackBerry mentions interviews where Seacrest said the idea for Typo came from his desire for a BlackBerry style typing experience combined with everything else that the iPhone has to offer. The Canadian manufacturer also threw in some reviews where the product's resemblance to a BlackBerry QWERTY was mentioned.

Typo's responded by saying that BlackBerry's case has no merit. It was the same exact thing that Typo said in response to BlackBerry's original suit against the company, filed within days of the accessories unveiling.

source: CIO via Crackberry

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8 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yeah BlackBerry, sue and block the s**t out of Typo. This copycat don't deserve to sell their stupid copycat keyboard. Good luck, BlackBerry!

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

This is copy and POS. The Verge gave it 3/10. It seems that it doesn't work properly. Blackberry, sue this crap. And please, don't die.

2. ysk79

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Blackberry should release a similar product for iphone ..will sell better than their phones

8. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

looooolllll true

3. SleepingOz unregistered

I don't really support all these suing bs but I'm with BB here.

5. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

BB should just buy the company and sell TYPO for iPhones and Galaxies. With BBM already available for both ecosystem, they can berryfied IOS and Android devices! They can also include,certain BBM premium features if one buy the case.

7. Os_Money

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

haha BB buy a company...you funny!

9. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

At the very least, this is a bargaining chip to force a juicy licensing agreement that is stacked in favor of BlackBerry. Either that, or BlackBerry will see too it that neither this Typo keyboard, nor anything like it, ever sells again. Both possibilities are well within reach.

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