Late last night, Reuters reported that BlackBerry has been successful in its preliminary injunction against Ryan Seacrest’s Typo keyboard case for iPhone. The judge agreed that the case is likely to have infringed on BlackBerry’s patents.
The Typo keyboard was first made available for public purchase last year, for $99, and caused something of a stir. Just looking at the layout and the design of the keys made it clear that the designer was going after BlackBerry’s iconic look and feel. Everything from the tapered design of the keys to the frets in between each row was copied with the Typo, so it really is no surprise.
As a result of the preliminary injunction, Typo Products LLC is ordered to stop selling the keyboard.
“BlackBerry is pleased that its motion for a preliminary injunction against Typo Products LLC was granted. This ruling will help prevent further injury to BlackBerry from Typo’s blatant theft of our patented keyboard technology,” a spokeswoman for BlackBerry said in an email.
Understandably, Typo is disappointed with the ruling and will seek to appeal, although it’s not likely to be successful. It’s sad news for those of us who like keyboards, as it was genuinely one of the only physical keyboard covers/cases that offered a decent typing experience.