Typo says BlackBerry suit "lacks merit"

Typo says BlackBerry suit
On Friday, we told you that BlackBerry had sued Typo, a company that makes a snap-on QWERTY keyboard for the Apple iPhone, for copying the design of the keyboard on BlackBerry handsets. The company, co-founded by Hollywood celebrity Ryan Seacrest, has already started accepting pre-orders at $99, and BlackBerry hinted in a statement on Friday, that it would be open to some sort of royalty deal.

We suppose that when you're a big-time celebrity and make oodles of money, being sued by BlackBerry just might be another day at the office. Consider the strongly-worded response from Typo. The company said that BlackBerry's suit "lacks merit" and that it plans to "defend the case vigorously." Of course, you wouldn't really expect any other response, especially from a company that apparently will not wilt under the pressure of having to defend its one and only product in court before one unit is actually shipped.

Typo says it will go ahead with its previously announced appearance at next week's CES, and plans to start shipping out pre-orders at the end of this month. No doubt there will be a lot more ink spilled on this story, and we look forward to seeing how Typo's lawyer's explain something that our eagle-eyed readers pointed out when we first told you about the product, mainly that it does bear a strong resemblance to the QWERTY on the BlackBerry Q10 right down to the frets employed on the latter.


Well, that's show business.

source: Mashable via MobileSyrup

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19 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2589; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

"The Typo keyboard has garnered an overwhelmingly positive response from the public." Well, yes, that's what happens when you pretty blatantly steal the design of what is widely regarded as the best physical keyboard on the market.

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

+1 on that. Blackberry has best-looking and -working physical keyboard on mobile market. They really have reason to sue Typo or at least ask big royalties.

17. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

One has to agree with this. I mean it is almost identical minus BB10 and a screen. haha. Heck, BB probably would have cut them a smoking licensing deal if they had just reached out and said they wanted to create this and use their keyboard as a design.

2. karim77

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

What will be the problem if typo made another keyboard not similar to this !!

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2589; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

None? The concept is fine, the problem is in the execution.

3. patric

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

Will we see Typo for Android ?

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2589; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Considering that the size of each Android device, as well as the location of the USB port is quite different, a catch all for Android devices isn't very likely. *Maybe* a unique one for the most popular handsets, but adding a keyboard attachment like this to say, the Galaxy S4, would make the thing absurdly large.

10. FastKatt

Posts: 7; Member since: May 22, 2011

One word... Bluetooth

12. sianto

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Don't forget that sizes differ!

14. jellmoo

Posts: 2589; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

True, but then you would have to remove the unit to charge your device. Not the end of the world by any means, but not the most convenient solution either.

4. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

"We are excited about our innovative keyboard design, which is the culmination of years of development and research.." Seriously?

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2589; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Well, technically it is the culmination of years of development and research. They just neglected to mention that said development and research was done by Blackberry.

11. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

HAHAHAH!! +1

19. Maryewww

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Lmao +1

9. tenzin

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

I hope blackberry win this case

13. mariosraptor

Posts: 178; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

I hope blackberry wins the case too. And a royalty fee is granted. We all can see that the Q10 and this keyboard are exact twins. So to Typo, go along with blackberry or I see your product never shipping.

15. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Typo only has to do one thing? Drag this out for a year. By then Blackberry will be dead.

18. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Even if BB were to die, someone would gobble up their design patents, so someone else would come after them with BB patents. Better to license now and be done with it.

16. GeekMovement unregistered

Pathetic. It looks exactly like the bold keyboard. Somethings not right if Blackberry doesn't win this.

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