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Court Sides with BlackBerry, Agrees to Typo Ban

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Mar 29, 2014, 9:59 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

A judge agreed with BlackBerry's position that Typo, the maker of a keyboard accessory for the iPhone, is likely infringing on BlackBerry's patents. The case, which sells for $99, uses Bluetooth to communicate with the iPhone, and provides a physical QWERTY keyboard that resembles those of BlackBerry phones for typing. U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco said BlackBerry's arguments warranted placing a preliminary injunction on sales of the Typo pending a full trial. BlackBerry said it "is pleased that its motion for a preliminary injunction against Typo Products was granted. This ruling will help prevent further injury to BlackBerry from Typo's blatant theft of our patented keyboard technology." Typo said it was disappointed with the injunction and will file an appeal.

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Mar 29, 2014, 12:16 PM

I don't say it often, but

This is a legal case that is actually 100% justified. I mean, come on:

http://cdn.redmondpie.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01 ... »
Anyone who isn't blind could tell that they're the same thing, and even a blind person could if you handed both phones to him and had him touch the keyboards.
Ryan Seacrest can appeal in the middle of American Idol till he is blue in the face. This is a blatant infringement of Blackberry's only saving grace (since they gave bbm away). Tweak the design of the keyboard and call it done. There is no winning th...
It looks more like the Motorola Droid Pro/Admiral in that photo.

But it is a near perfect copy of the Blackberry keyboard.

Mar 31, 2014, 1:56 PM

How stupid do you have to be...

to think that you can make a near exact copy of Blackberries keyboard and get away with it?

Also how stupid do you have to be to not tweak the key shape in the slightest, making this a non-issue? Unless the suit was their goal, nothing says free publicity in America like lawsuit.
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