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.
Typo is now arguing that BlackBerry is seeking a monopoly for keyboards on any device, not just the Typo.
“BlackBerry seeks a monopoly on keyboards for any device. Regretfully, however, small keyboards with nearly identical layouts as the one ‘claimed’ by BlackBerry have been around since the mid-1980s”
BlackBerry isn't contending that no other companies can make products with keyboards, rather that the Typo in particular has more than a few similarities to their "iconic design".
The story continues. Kevin has broken three pre-production models already, so if Typo does continue to sell devices, let's hope the quality improves a bit :)