BlackBerry wins injunction against Typo keyboard case

By , Mar 29, 2014

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BlackBerry won a key victory yesterday in its fight against Typo. A federal judge agreed with the Canadian company that the iPhone keyboard case likely infringes on their patents, and issued a preliminary injunction late Friday to halt sales.

For those that missed it, back in January BlackBerry sued the makers of the Typo iPhone case over patent infringement. The case features a built-in battery, and a physical, backlit keyboard that looks nearly identical to those used in BB devices…

Here’s an excerpt from the initial press release:

This is a blatant infringement against BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard, and we will vigorously protect our intellectual property against any company that attempts to copy our unique design. From the beginning, BlackBerry has always focused on offering an exceptional typing experience that combines a great design with ergonomic excellence. We are flattered by the desire to graft our keyboard onto other smartphones, but we will not tolerate such activity without fair compensation for using our intellectual property and our technological innovations,” said Steve Zipperstein, BlackBerry’s General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer.”

And here was the response from the Typo team:

“We are aware of the lawsuit that Blackberry filed today [Friday] against Typo Products. Although we respect Blackberry and its intellectual property, we believe that Blackberry’s claims against Typo lack merit and we intend to defend the case vigorously.  We are excited about our innovative keyboard design, which is the culmination of years of development and research.  The Typo keyboard has garnered an overwhelmingly positive response from the public.  We are also looking forward to our product launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week and remain on track to begin shipping pre-orders at the end of January.”

In a statement provided to Reuters, Typo seemed unfazed by yesterday’s ruling, saying it plans to file an appeal and will continue to “make and sell innovative products that busy people can’t live without.” Just maybe not this particular product.

First introduced in December of last year, the Typo case is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Laurence Hallier and popular media personality Ryan Seacrest. Initial consumer feedback was positive and the initial pre-order run sold out quickly.

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  • Cameron Chao

    the ‘case’ couldnt be more obvious tbh.

  • ‘Ariff

    Years of culmination my ass

  • on3simpleclick

    Well, this outcome was expected. There’s no way Blackberry wouldn’t win this; the Typo case is almost a 1for1 copy of Blackberry’s keyboard.

  • Kevin Guzman

    By the way, the case is a piece of junk. Quality of the case feels like it should really cost $20 instead of $100. Also, the damn case doesn’t even charge with the iPhone, it charges separately.

    It feels tacky and cheap when being used with the iPhone.

    • Gameboy213

      Yeah. I have one as well and it isn’t well made IMHO either. I used it for a bit before my wife took it, used it, put it in a drawer. I really ordered it because I was curious. Wasn’t worth it at all. Maybe it will be valuable in the future since they wont be able to make them anymore soon.

      I use the Nin Keyboard tweak and it blows any hardware keyboard away for me now. No doubt.

  • Christopher

    I wonder why Blackberry would waste what money they have left fighting over this lol

    • diggitydang

      Maybe because they think they can win and grab a cut of their sales… They need anything they can get at this point!!