Seacrest's Typo ordered to pay BlackBerry $860,600 for violating a court order

Seacrest's Typo ordered to pay BlackBerry $860,600 for violating a court order
If you have been following the Typo story, you might recall that a U.S. District Court had issued an injunction preventing the company from selling its cases for the iPhone that double as a physical QWERTY keyboard. The original Typo keyboard was a dead ringer for the physical QWERTY on the BlackBerry Q10. BlackBerry took Typo to court, claiming patent infringement, which resulted in the court order.

Before Typo went back to the drawing board to redesign the Typo2 so that it wouldn't resemble a BlackBerry keyboard, it allegedly violated the terms of the court order and continued selling the original model. After the injunction was issued, the original Typo was spotted on sale at a gift store inside the L.A. airport.

The district court on Wednesday sanctioned Typo and Judge William Orrick ordered the company to pay BlackBerry $860,600 in sanctions, plus attorneys' fees and costs. BlackBerry responded to the news today by saying "The court's order speaks for itself." A Typo spokesman noted that the ruling is "part of the ongoing patent litigation related to the initial Typo product."

The Typo2 is sold for the Apple iPhone 6 via the company's online website, for $99. A version for the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5 is priced at $79.

source: Reuters via Crackberry



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Haha! That's funny, to get caught over a solo or single piece left in distribution. Might have been more who knows, all it takes is one but lol.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

They wanted to infringe on BlackBerry's IP and thought that they wouldn't pay the price. What's more, they thought that they would get away with still selling it even after a judge ordered them to cease and desist. It serves them right. I'm glad they had to pay up to BlackBerry.

3. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014


5. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

That's not a lot of money for Ryan Seacrest.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If anything it's probably chump change he can wipe his rear end with.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's ok if blackberry does it but when others do it it's patent trolling? Lol hypocrisy.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

So you're saying that BlackBerry didn't have the right to sue even though the original typo keyboard was a blatant rip off? They had every right to sue, as does ANYONE who's IP is infringed upon.

11. bendgate unregistered

Ignore him. As you already know, he's an iFanatic blackberry troll. Words doesn't mean anything to him.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're absolutely correct. Sometimes, it's just hard to ignore such blatant trolling.

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Like you can talk

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

But I can talk. I've already proven that you're a troll. You admitted it to me, remember?

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Reverse psychology kid.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

Damage control, kid.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So says the drone with bendgate in the name.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's not what I am saying.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's exactly what you're saying. Don't try and switch it up now.

15. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

You just can't stop trolling BlackBerry articles can you? Such a pathetic, sad existence you have.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Figured as much. You can't answer me with a straight answer because you know I'm right.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're not right. BlackBerry sued to protect their IP from something that was obvious and blatant. Apple sued because they wanted to stifle innovation. They tried to patent things like a RECTANGLE, and things that there was already prior work for. But it figures you'd come to a BlackBerry article just to troll. You don't like BlackBerry, hence you troll and say it's a hypocrisy. Typical troll.

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So in other words you can't really just answer me instead of just calling me a troll.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

In other words, you lack reading comprehension. I answered your question AND I called you a troll.

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's ok if Typo does it but when others do it it's copying? Lol hypocrisy. I find it funny you'll call others like Samsung copycats when vaguely infringing on Apple's design patents, but here where it's plain to see, you defend this company tooth and nail when Blackberry is the one being copied. And this isn't just the shape of the device or the color of an icon, this is something that has been synonymous with Blackberry, Seacrest even said that's where the idea came from, being able to type like a Blackberry on an iPhone. So it's not about right and wrong with you, it's about who you like and don't like that dictates your views on any subject.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think you understood what I meant. I didn't at once say it was ok for Typo to do. I simply said it's funny people are siding with blackberry for going after typo for a keyboard patent while others who do it they are considered patent trolls. Blackberry isn't the only entity to use a physical keyboard. Are we forgetting those chunky Droid phones?

22. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The difference here is a specific design. Not a rectangle with rounded corners, and not using green for the phone icon. The shape and style of the keys were specific to Blackberry, so much so that in the initial article, it was unanimously seen as a copy of Blackberry's design language. And the one who started this, Ryan Seacrest even said he wanted to have a Blackberry typing experience on an iPhone. He didn't even try to deny it, until they began legal action. Are you actually going to sit there and say that this copy of the Blackberry keyboard style is as generic as a rectangle with rounded corners?

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No I'm saying people love to cry patent troll but when the shoe is on the other foot it's all just insults and me being a troll. Maybe Seacrest did copy the BlackBerry style but are we going to deny other devices that had a blackberry style keyboard? Are we going to sue whenever someone makes a keyboard case?

35. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And that is also a blatant ripoff of a Blackberry style keypad. Did you think I was going to say otherwise? You mentioned those chunky Droid phones, which looked nothing like a Blackberry style keyboard, except for the Droid Pro which did, but that was only one Droid device. The original Droid series had no spacing between the keys, and were raised in the center like a dome shape, not at one corner like Blackberry's design. Most anytime when people are crying patent troll it's for one of two reasons, or both. First, when there's enough of a difference that people would call it similar, but not exactly alike. Second, when a company is in the news for patent litigation as much for or more than their products, or they don't use their patens for manufacturing but for litigation. Blackberry could've easily taken Motorola to court over the i485 or the Droid Pro, but I'm assuming they didn't because they didn't feel they were a threat to their business. Apple OTOH goes after any and everyone who's even within 5 steps of infringing on their IP. Which is funny because they are using IP from others, and not compensating them, using their own patent portfolio to try and strongarm the other parties into lowering their prices. If it weren't for FRAND they would be paying through the nose on the wireless patents they've been using. Which begs the question what does FRAND actually do for the patent owners if they can't collect their licensing fees? That was the sole benefit to the FRAND patent holder, guaranteed compensation for making their IP an industry standard. And how long has Apple been using these patents? Going on 8 years now.

34. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You ARE a troll. It's ok to be a fan of Apple, just stop being such a little dick about it. It's not the end-all, be-all you think it is. I'm using a 6+ right now and it's irritating sometimes. An article about keyboards is the last place for an iDiot to be trolling since Apple has never had a physical keyboard and their virtual keyboards suck Donkey Dick.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

Motorola also pays a fee to use said keyboard. They have a licensing agreement in place with BlackBerry. Typo did not, hence they got sued and they lost.

37. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I wasn't aware of that, good catch.

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