That sound you hear is BlackBerry’s legal team cracking its knuckles and getting ready to go back to work. Typo, the iPhone keyboard attachment accessory company cofounded by Ryan Seacrest, has again thumbed its nose at BlackBerry and has released yet another knockoff BlackBerry keyboard for the iPhone 6. BlackBerry has successfully won injunctions against Typo in the past for allegedly infringing upon its smartphone keyboard designs, although this hasn’t stopped the company from cranking out new ones.
Score another win for BlackBerry’s legal team. The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. District Judge William Orrick last week upheld the preliminary injunction that he granted earlier this year that effectively barred Ryan Seacrest’s company Typo from selling its iPhone keyboard attachments in the United States because they allegedly infringed upon BlackBerry’s design patents. More →
You can’t keep a good copycat down. CrackBerry brings us word that Ryan Seacrest’s Typo has just unveiled a new keyboard attachment that it hopes is different enough from BlackBerry’s keyboards to avoid getting slapped with injunctions. The first-generation Typo was such a blatant BlackBerry knockoff that it never really stood a chance in court and was immediately hit with preliminary sales ban earlier this year. More →
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest clearly underestimated the awesome power that is BlackBerry. Reuters reports that U.S. District Judge William Orrick granted a preliminary injunction against Seacrest’s Typo that will bar the company from selling its $99 iPhone keyboard attachment that BlackBerry alleges infringes on its patents. Orrick said that BlackBerry’s legal team had established a clear “likelihood” that Typo infringed upon BlackBerry’s patents while Typo’s legal team didn’t knock down any of the key patents in suit. BGR reviewed the Typo earlier this year and found that “it’s a well thought out, well designed, well made product by two people who can’t live without their physical keyboard.” Of course, that doesn’t matter too much now since it looks like the Typo is about to become a collector’s item that you’ll only be able to find on eBay.
Every protagonist needs an arch enemy: Sherlock Holmes has Moriarty, Batman has the Joker and BlackBerry has Ryan Seacrest, the American Idol host and onetime BlackBerry user who allegedly stabbed the company in the back by ripping off its keyboard design for his Typo iPhone keyboard attachment. BerryReview points out that BlackBerry is now one step closer to exacting revenge on its hated enemy because a judge late last week validated two of the three patents that the company is asserting against Seacrest. BlackBerry still has to prove that Seacrest and Typo infringed upon these patents, of course, but just from looking at the design of the Typo attachment it looks like BlackBerry will have a strong case to make. BGR reviewed the Typo earlier this year and found that “it’s a well thought out, well designed, well made product by two people who can’t live without their physical keyboard.”
Reviewers love Ryan Seacrest’s Typo keyboard for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5. BlackBerry, not so much. BlackBerry announced last month that it was finally taking on its biggest threat — Ryan Seacrest — and filing a lawsuit against the company behind the Typo keyboard, an iPhone accessory that adds a BlackBerry-like keyboard to Apple’s latest iPhones. Now, Reuters reports that Typo Products has filed a motion with the court claiming that BlackBerry is off base and the Typo iPhone keyboard accessory doesn’t violate any of the vendor’s patents. Typo’s filing asks the court to rule that no patents have been infringed, declare all of BlackBerry’s claims invalid, and dismiss the case immediately.
BlackBerry is not messing around, Ryan Seacrest. IDG News, via InfoWorld, reports that BlackBerry this week asked a court in California to block all sales of Typo, the iPhone keyboard attachment co-created by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest. In its argument before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, BlackBerry claims that “Typo’s blatant copying of BlackBerry’s keyboard presents an imminent threat of irreparable harm to BlackBerry, and that threat is magnified in combination with the significant market power of the iPhone.” While this legal analysis may indeed be accurate, it’s still remarkable for BlackBerry to admit that a $99 keyboard attachment poses an “imminent threat of irreparable harm” to its entire business. BGR recently reviewed the Typo and found that “it’s a well thought out, well designed, well made product by two people who can’t live without their physical keyboard.” More →
The world thought Typo was a joke when word of its arrival began circulating a couple of months back. And Ryan Seacrest was involved! This was going to be terrible, people joked on Twitter. The thing is, there is a segment of smartphone users that refuses to give up their hardware keyboards. So the question is, is that group of people worth catering to? The answer… is maybe. Read on for my full thoughts on the Typo keyboard for the iPhone 5s. More →
BlackBerry is clearly not happy that Ryan Seacrest is trying to convert its physical keyboard-loving users to the iPhone, especially when the physical keyboard attachment that Seacrest’s company designed as an iPhone accessory bears a striking resemblance to BlackBerry’s own keyboard designs. There’s some bad news for BlackBerry, however: Early reviews have started rolling in for the Typo and critics are deeming it a hit. More →