Typo’s iPhone Keyboard Case Discontinued Following BlackBerry Settlement
If you plan to purchase a Typo Keyboard product in the near future, you’d better hurry, because the product won’t be available for long. The company behind Typo and BlackBerry announced today that they have settled their patent infringement dispute (via The Verge).
As part of the settlement, Typo has agreed to stop making keyboards for smartphones. What they can do is to produce keyboards for devices larger than 7.9-inches.
As part of the settlement, Typo Products LLC, Typo Innovations LLC, Show Media LLC, Hallier Investments LLC, and Laurence Hallier have agreed to permanently discontinue selling anywhere in the world keyboards for smartphones and mobile devices with a screen size of less than 7.9 inches. Typo Products LLC, Typo Innovations LLC, Show Media LLC, Hallier Investments LLC, and Laurence Hallier may continue to sell keyboards for devices with a screen size of 7.9 inches or larger. Other terms of the settlement are confidential.
The Typo Keyboard was launched in January 2014 and backed by media personality Ryan Seacrest and entrepreneur Laurence Hallier. Shortly after pre-orders for the Typo Keyboard were announced, BlackBerry filed a patent infringement lawsuit claiming the latter blatantly copied BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard.