You may remember back in March when Ryan Seacrest’s Typo keyboard was found to infringe on BlackBerry patents. Consequently, Typo was banned from continuing to sell the keyboards. As it turns out, Typo continued to sell aproximately 15,000 Typo keyboards after the ban was put in place.
On Thursday, BlackBerry provided enough evidence proving the sales of the keyboard, and U.S. District Judge William Orrick is allowing BlackBerry to proceed with contempt of court proceedings.
Additionally, the judge pointed out that SMI Investments received 4,008 Typo keyboards after the injunction was set, but before it took effect. This was likely a move by Typo meant to get around the ban by selling off their stock to 3rd party companies before the ban took effect. This brings the total number of keyboards sold since the judge ruled in favor of Blackberry to around 19,000. The 15,000 sold after the ban took effect were mainly sold to customers in Canada, the Middle East, and Asia.
An additional 400 keyboards were provided to customers as replacements to faulty keyboards, which is yet another violation of the court ruling.
I am very concerned with what appears to be deliberate contempt of the preliminary injunction by Typo.
-U.S. District Judge William Orrickt
Along with the contempt charges, the judge has also deemed Typo’s request to have the court rule that the Typo 2 keyboard doesn’t infringe on BlackBerry’s patents irrelevant. You can check out the full court ruling here. (via Gigaom)
What do you think of these findings? Are you surprised Typo continued to sell the keyboards after the ban? Let us know in the comments or Tweet me @DarrenLinkNPark.