BlackBerry Slams ‘Typo’ iPhone Keyboard in Court as “Deliberate” Copy



Ryan Seacrest first introduced his Typo iPhone Keyboard case earlier this year in an attempt to bring the famous BlackBerry keyboard to the iPhone.

Bloomberg reports the Waterloo-based smartphone manufacturer argued in court that the Typo keyboard infringed on three patents. The judge overseeing the case said two of BlackBerry’s three patents in the case seem to be valid.

On Friday, BlackBerry lawyer Kevin Johnson told U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick that the design of the Typo case for the iPhone was an “intentional and deliberate” copy of the BlackBerry keyboard. Johnson said:

“The similarities between Typo’s iPhone case and the keyboard for BlackBerry’s Q10 smartphone are unmistakable.”

BlackBerry is trying to obtain a court order to stop the sales of the $99 Typo keyboard case for the iPhone. The Canadian smartphone maker first filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the iPhone case maker in January.

During the court hearing Orrick said:

“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?”

The U.S. District Judge said he will “promptly” issue a ruling to stop the sales of the Typo keyboard for iPhone.

James Asperger, a lawyer for BlackBerry, said the company will suffer irreparable harm if Typo is allowed to continue to sell the case.

Over the past several years, BlackBerry has continued to lose market share to Apple’s iOS devices and Google’s Android smartphones. BlackBerry CEO John Chen is determined to turn the Canadian smartphone company around, but it may be a little to late to revive the company.


  • Chrome262

    so they are panicking because the one thing people (who still use keyboards) would buy a bb for is not threatened, kind of silly, there must be like 100 different keyboard cases.

  • Superman

    I doubt they are panicking. It’s simply a clear ripoff (which is super obvious). They are using BB’s keyboard design, one of it’s biggest assets, as an add-on for a direct competitor to their business. Of course they are going to stop it. Why wouldn’t they? Plus, it’s good publicity for BB as this is an obvious ripoff, and BB is the underdog.

    Apple, on the other hand, did themselves a disservice when they went after Samsung. Their patents (although very real and justified), covered quite general design concepts and people lashed out because of it (“saying things like Apple patented the rectangle”). Also, Apple was in a (seemingly) dominating position, so it seemed like they were just being petty and it threw people off.

    TL:DR: If the patent is clear and they are the underdog, SUE SUE SUE. Only good can come.

  • wahwah

    Wah bb wah. john & co: shouldn’t you be more worried about the liquidation of all your company’s assets and its final closure instead of silly nonsense like this? I mean, in the end won’t this suit just take additional value away from your shareholders and their eventual payout? You know any and all monies derived from this will go solely to legal fees…