BlackBerry wins preliminary injunction against Typo

BlackBerry wins preliminary injunction against Typo
On Friday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick awarded BlackBerry a preliminary injunction against Ryan Seacrest's Typo. The popular broadcaster, currently hosting the 13th season of American Idol, co-founded the company. Typo produces a snap-together case for the Apple iPhone, that is equipped with a QWERTY keyboard. BlackBerry sued Typo, claiming that the design of the keyboard resembles the QWERTY keyboard on the BlackBerry Q10.

Judge Orrick said that BlackBerry established a "likelihood" that Typo had infringed on its patents, while Typo did not do a good enough job in questioning the validity of BlackBerry's patents. As a result, the judge issued the preliminary injunction, which blocks Typo from selling its product. So far, the company has had strong sales with 4000 units sold at $99. Unfortunately for Typo, the company had just caught up with orders, and was advertising same day shipment on purchases made before 6pm PST for a limited period.

Typo, which claims that its product allows iPhone users to type up to 50% faster, and with fewer mistakes, has not issued a statement on the ruling. A BlackBerry spokesman has released an emailed statement, which you can find below.


source: Reuters

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29 Comments

1. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

good stuff

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

4000 units sold? That's probably quadruple of the number of blackberries RIM has sold.

3. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

haha funny besides the fact that phones don't cost 40-50 dollars sold more then that

11. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Interestingly, quadruple is also the factor by which Android smartphones outsell iOS smartphones. Double is only the factor by which they are more stable.

12. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Mxy, you really don't have a life. All you do is troll.

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

He hates Motorola and BB. He only loves Apple! Even WP he dislikes

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It only takes a few minutes to comment.

21. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

You still don't have a life. Troll.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Minutes that would be better spent on self reflection.

22. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

although you are wrong, that was a good zinger :)

4. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

tbh if they didn't then the court was rigged or something

5. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Justice served.

14. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Yes, justice served indeed.

6. tsuperman

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 29, 2013

BB might win against typo, yet BB phones are dying a slow death anyway.

8. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

how is that any relevant ?

13. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

BlackBerry will win against Typo. And no, they won't be dying off at all. Your statement has no relevance to this article.

19. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Agreed, too many services that work extremely well and too many people still die hard to the BB brand for them to die.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Unfortunately, that's not true. With all these diehard fans, they're bleeding cash. There's only so long any company can do that. Not that I'm saying that's imminent, and I'm rooting for them.

7. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Round 1 goes to BB.

9. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

So they got the apple habits As they were with them. Its not a surprise ..

10. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Why not buy typo and then sell the keyboard as a unique iPhone accessorie. Stop making handsets for a few years. Cut your staff down and make accessories keboards. Get the blackberry brand reputation up. In 5 years relaunch a handset. Idk lol

23. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

^This is the best idea spoken on this matter up to this point. Problem is, Ryan Seacrest is too much of an egomaniacal money-grubber to sell this company.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not much of a company if it can't sell its product.

15. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Good job, BlackBerry. Typo has clearly copied the BlackBerry keyboard and is beginning to pay the price for their theft. Typo needs to be shut down, or pay a licensing fee to BlackBerry or just sell the company to BlackBerry for chump change.

17. thnkthru3

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

Not only Typo but we the consumers are also losers here as another innovative and useful product is blocked from the market place. I hope this product does become available for other touch screen devices also as I am one of those individuals who both enjoys touch screen advantages but prefers to do my correspondence using a physical keyboard.

20. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Typo has a hit, all they need to do is redesign the keyboard to not duplicate BB's product. There's plenty of ways they could have made it look and still be fully functional, why they chose to invite BB to defend themselves makes no sense.

24. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

It's all the mind work of Ryan Seacrest, who himself claims he "prefers a physical keyboard like Blackberry", but loves the " function and style of the iPhone". He claimed he no longer wanted to carry two phones around. In other news, Seacrest is a frontrunner for the new poster boy position at Summer's Eve...

28. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Like Typo really cares Blackberry is going downhill fast

29. tokuzumi

Posts: 1821; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Typo will slightly alter their design, and make it where it looks less BB-esque. Then, Typo can post the pic of Johnny Cash giving the finger on BlackBerry's facebook page.

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