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Typo to judge: BlackBerry's patents are invalid

Typo to judge: BlackBerry's patents are invalid
In a request made to a federal court in San Francisco, Apple iPhone accessory manufacturer Typo is requesting that the court dismiss BlackBerry's patent infringement suit against it. For those coming late to the opera, Typo is a company co-founded by Ryan Seacrest. Yes, it's the same guy who hosts American Idol and who has his fingers in the pies of many other broadcast properties. Seacrest came up with the idea of a snap-on QWERTY keyboard for the Apple iPhone after tiring of carrying a BlackBerry for typed communications and an iPhone for everything else.

The problem is that the design of the Typo QWERTY resembles that of the keyboard on a number of BlackBerry models, or so says the Canadian handset manufacturer. BlackBerry says that its patents have been infringed on. Typo has responded by saying that not only were the patents not infringed on, some of them are unenforceable because the design was widely available on QWERTY keyboards used prior to 1988. That was the year when BlackBerry received its first keyboard based patent. Typo claims that BlackBerry omitted this information in its application with the USPTO all those years ago.

Typo is asking for each claim against it to be dismissed with prejudice, which means that it cannot be brought up again in court. Meanwhile, Seacrest has a hit on his hands as Typo sold out of its January and February production, and new orders won't ship until the middle of March. The company states that iPhone users can type 50% faster using the product. Typo is available for the Apple iPhone 5s and the Apple iPhone 5.

source: Reuters

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posted on 20 Feb 2014, 01:52 17

1. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)

I'm with BB on this, Typo should either pay up or redesign.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 03:20

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

I doubt that BB will get a restraining order stopping Typo from producing its keyboard case while the lawsuit proceeds. If the case doesn't get dismissed for materiality reasons, I suspect the case proceeds down a well-worn path, with BB getting a royalty award on the order of 1 - 2% of gross sales until the patent lapses.

I wonder if BB will even cover their litigation costs on this one? We aren't talking about multiple millions of sales at a unit selling price of $600. Which is why BB has to worry about their lawsuit being dismissed on materiality grounds.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 02:05 6

2. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Dear Typo,


yours truly,

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 02:06 4

3. Nkolsen (Posts: 60; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

I love it. So SJ "invents" the iphone which uses touch, and he say keyboards and stylus' are not smart. Now the keyboard addon is sold out and apple is patenting stuff on a stylus. I love this company, they really stick to what they say.......

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 02:29 4

4. Hammerfest (Posts: 384; Member since: 12 May 2012)

This is the kind of BS that annoys me:
"The problem is that the design of the Typo QWERTY resembles that of the keyboard on a number of BlackBerry models, or so says the Canadian handset manufacturer."

Should be so says the Canadian handset manufacturer and anyone not living under a rock...

As he himself admitted he used a BB AND an iPhone device, if that doesn't stink of a blatant design copy with the perfect TEMPLATE to copy from... then I have nothing nice to say that wouldnt get me banned as this rates on a scale unheard of before!

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 06:14

8. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

Give the man a break. He isnt even married and he's close to 40. But anyways totally agree with whatcha said. Anyone other than me thinks the typo makes the damn phone looks abit too long like maybe aspect ratio of 5:2.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 02:36 7

5. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

This is just a cheap blatant copy of Blackberry's keyboard. Redesign your stupid cheap clone plasticky keyboard or pay up, Typo! Don't be such a poophead.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 05:03 1

7. JMartin22 (Posts: 2013; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

50% faster typing? that's a bit disingenuous. One, because you lose auto-correctness with this keyboard; two, you're spending more physical energy and time having to push down on the hardware keys, as opposed to lightly and rapidly tapping the screen to input the latter.

Anyone who is good at typing on a mobile screen, will probably type faster on the capacitive screen than this overpriced garbage.

For once, I agree with "TheVerge" and their tech review articles; they gave this thing a 3 out of 10 for obvious reasons.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 06:54

10. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

they should say 50% accurate typing

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 06:54

9. lhtbinh1909 (Posts: 92; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)

No BB, you must let Typo on sell, to let people know how perfectly your keyboards are

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 08:51

11. tokuzumi (Posts: 1211; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)

While yes, this keyboard is almost a copy of the BB keyboard, this will in no way cause any negative impact to BB sales. No one will mistake an iPhone with this case for a BB. I really don't see BB taking this case very far. BB should focus on selling some phones, or getting the world hooked on their BBM software.

posted on 20 Feb 2014, 10:02

12. thebadger (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)

"Typo sold out of its January and February production" I am very, very curious about the figures  How many items is that (how many keyboards they sold already)? 1000? 2000? 10000? 100000? I wasn’t able to find that on the internet. Could you update your article with these figures?

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