BlackBerry moves one step closer to shutting down Typo
Devices | 170 Comments BlackBerry moves one step closer to shutting down Typo The battle between BlackBerry and the look alike iPhone accessory, Typo , has been going on for a few weeks now. BlackBerry is suing Typo and claims that their iPhone keyboard accessory infringes on multiple BlackBerry patents — and also looks a lot like the BlackBerry Q10 keyboard. Things in the...

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Apr 14, 2014 BlackBerry pressing courts to stop sales of Typo keyboards

Typo keyboard

BlackBerry is pushing to immediately halt sales of the Typo keyboard case for iPhone. While Typo insists that they are a small company that lacks the capability to produce a large quantity of keyboards, BlackBerry alleges that Typo has contradicted these statements, flooding the market with keyboards before an injunction could be imposed.

Typo previously stated that it had written and verbal orders from resellers. Because these orders could not have been negotiated after the preliminary injunction that BlackBerry recently won, BlackBerry says that Typo must have been making deals with wholesalers all along, going against their previous claim. The preliminary injunction against Typo came last month. Sales of the keyboard will be put on hold while the trial proceeds after BlackBerry posts its bond with the court.

For more on the Typo keyboard, be sure to check out CrackBerry Kevin's hands on, as well as his account of how he wore the keyboard out in three days.

Source: PCWorld

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Mar 28, 2014 BlackBerry wins injunction against Typo, sales of BlackBerry-style keyboard for iPhone barred

It's a bitter setback for Typo and a victory for BlackBerry, but it's not all that surprising that BlackBerry was able to win an injunction on sales of the Typo keyboard for iPhone. Considering how much Typo looks like a BlackBerry keyboard and how much BlackBerry has vowed to fight back against their perceived infringement, a sales ban was all but a foregone conclusion at this point. Sorry, Ryan Seacrest, you're out this round. As reported by Bloomberg:

U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco said in a ruling today that BlackBerry is likely to prevail on its infringement claims and that Typo hasn’t made a strong challenge to the validity of the smartphone maker’s patents. Orrick also dismissed Typo’s concern that a temporary sales ban may put the company out of business.

The injunction is temporary, putting sales of Typo keyboards on hold while the trial proceeds. Typically, this sort of sales bar isn't a good sign for the defendant's impending case. Orrick previously ruled against Typo earlier this week week, dismissing two of their three counter-claims against BlackBerry as invalid. BlackBerry has argued that continued sales of Typo will cause the smartphone maker "irreparable harm" (though one could argue that BlackBerry's done a fine job of that so far by themselves).

Judge for yourself, in this classic video from CES 2014, where Kevin takes a look at Typo and asks strangers what they think of it. Just don't watch Typo's whitewashed version.

Source: Bloomberg

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Mar 24, 2014 BlackBerry moves one step closer to shutting down Typo

The battle between BlackBerry and the look alike iPhone accessory, Typo , has been going on for a few weeks now. BlackBerry is suing Typo and claims that their iPhone keyboard accessory infringes on multiple BlackBerry patents — and also looks a lot like the BlackBerry Q10 keyboard. Things in the case have been a bit back and forth with nothing showing a clear winner on either end.

BlackBerry is one step closer to a win today however as U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick has said it does not appear that two of the three patents in question in the case are invalid, as Typo claims. “If the consumer can look at this and say this product is ripping off BlackBerry and knows it’s not a BlackBerry product, how does that make a difference in my analysis?” Orrick said. Orrick will be issuing a ruling on BlackBerry's request to block the sale of the Typo "promptly."

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Feb 20, 2014 Typo Products asks judge to dismiss infringement claims of BlackBerry's keyboard

The BlackBerry vs. Typo Products saga is far from over but it's certainly moving now. Recent events placed Typo Products in front of the Federal Court to speak to the Judge presiding over the case to rule that the patents have not been infringed and to make some of the claims invalid effectively dismissing every claim in BlackBerry's complaint with prejudice and protect them further copyright infringement claims from BlackBerry. 

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Feb 06, 2014 Round Two: Typo fights back against BlackBerry

The BlackBerry / Typo saga continues. Recently BlackBerry sought an injunction against Typo and their iPhone keyboard accessory, claiming that the Typo infringes on one or more of BlackBerry's patents. BlackBerry aimed to block sales of the device in the US for the time being.

Typo isn't going down without a fight however. In order for BlackBerry to win out, they'll need to convince the court that they would suffer “irreparable injury" from sales of the Typo — so far they haven't. The Typo sells for $99.99 and so far around 4,000 of the devices have been sold. 

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Jan 23, 2014 BlackBerry looks to block U.S. sales of the Typo keyboard

Things are starting to heat up now. As the Typo keyboard takes the iPhone world by storm, BlackBerry has now asked a California court to block sales of the device in the U.S. BlackBerry has accused the Seacrest-backed accessory of patent infringement (with good reason) even though some of the design elements differ slightly than those on the physical keyboard of the BlackBerry Q10.

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Jan 14, 2014 Should BlackBerry make its own detachable keyboard for iPhone?

It's not secret that Kevin fell in love with his Typo keyboard during CES last week — that is until he wore it out. Being a long-time BlackBerry user it's only natural that he'd be awesome at typing a pseudo-BlackBerry keyboard, no matter what device. I played with the Typo a bit myself and while it's not ideal, it certainly makes for a great solution for keyboard lovers.

A thread has turned up in the forums posing the question, Should BlackBerry make its own detachable keyboard for iPhone? We figured it was best to ask the CrackBerry Nation for some input on this one as so far things seem split down the middle. Some users think that doing so would detract from actual BlackBerry phones while others say the more hardware the better. 

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Jan 12, 2014 I wore out the Typo keyboard for iPhone in less than 72 hours

Typo for iPhone

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you've been seeing some of my updates as I put the BlackBerry-esque Typo keyboard for the iPhone to the test. Now it's time for a bigger update to the in-depth Typo review I posted previously.

In that review I noted that the build quality felt a little on the cheap side and that durability was something I had concerns about. It didn't take long for me to run into an issue. Less than 72 hours of use later (and that was really at 50% use as I've been dual-wheeling the Typo and my P'9982 all week), the E button quit working reliably on the Typo. You can see the evidence in the Instagram video below. Sometimes it still works, but more often than not it doesn't register a click.

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Jan 08, 2014 Ripping off BlackBerry: CrackBerry Kevin goes fingers on with the Typo keyboard for iPhone

When I first watched the promo video for the Typo physical keyboard for the iPhone, I thought it was a complete joke. With word that Ryan Seacrest was an investor and seeing how much the Typo keyboard looked identical to a BlackBerry keyboard, I thought it was actually a Funny or Die or Rick Mercer sketch that I was viewing. But the jokes didn’t come. This was and is a real iPhone accessory. And as much as it puts me in an awkward position to admit it —   I can’t lie — it’s actually a pretty damn good one, too.

I’m in Las Vegas this week for CES, and Typo has been here showing off their bluetooth keyboard for the iPhone. The CEO of Typo gave us a couple Typo keyboards to take home, and I’ve been putting it to use the past 36 hours on my iPhone 5s. I’m already at home on it - typing as fast and accurately on it as I do with my BlackBerry Q10. 

This shouldn’t be a surprise though. The keyboard is such a complete rip off of a BlackBerry keyboard that there was nearly ZERO adjustment needed. I’m not a lawyer, but I understand why BlackBerry has filed suit against Typo Products LLC and Ryan Seacrest. It seems completely justified given the near identical nature of the keyboard, and I’m pretty sure there’s no way Typo will get away with selling this keyboard in the current form for very long. One way or another it’s either getting shut down, or BlackBerry will get paid on it (I tweeted the other night that BlackBerry should just buy Typo and solve the problem - it can be yet another way to bring the BlackBerry experience to other platforms).

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Jan 06, 2014 BlackBerry user goes fingers on with the Typo keyboard for iPhone

Despite the fact that BlackBerry has now filed a lawsuit against Typo Products for their slip-on iPhone keyboard due to its similarities to the BlackBerry keyboard, Typo is on hand at CES 2014 and offering plenty of demos of the accessory. We caught up with them at Pepcom to get hands-on look for ourselves and do a little bit of a quick comparison. Realistically, it would likely be great solution for those who want a keyboard on their iPhone but with the legal concerns it's hard to say where it'll end up.

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