It has been a busy Friday for BlackBerry. This late afternoon in California, BlackBerry won a preliminary injunction against Typo Products LLC after convincing the court that it was infringing on BlackBerry patents with its latest product. The win prevents Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo from selling its $99 iPhone case/keyboard combo from here on out for the rest of the trial.
“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.
On the third day of 2014, BlackBerry sued Typo Products LLC for copying their iconic keyboard design on their iPhone case/keyboard. Typo quickly defended themselves saying the claims “lacked merit” as they were excited about their “innovative keyboard design.” U.S. District Judge William Orrick apparently believed differently as the ruling fell in favor of the Canadian smartphone maker.
It will remain to be seen exactly where Typo goes from here. They’ll undoubtedly have to go back to the drawing board and start a design for their case going forward. But hey, there are a ton of designs out there to get some ‘inspiration’ from.