Typo ordered to pay BlackBerry nearly $1m

blackberry sues typo over iphone case version 1424174450
It’s all just got a bit messy for the Ryan Seacrest-funded company behind BlackBerry-like keyboard Typo.

A California judge on Wednesday ordered it to cough up a hefty $860,000 after ruling it’d violated a court-ordered preliminary injunction.

Typo Products was taken to court by BlackBerry last year after the Canadian handset maker accused the company of copying the design of its iconic mobile keyboard for an iPhone keyboard attachment.

In March, U.S. District Judge William Orrick ordered Typo Products to stop making and selling the accessory until the dispute with BlackBerry was solved in court. At the time he described the similarities between the two keyboards as “unmistakable.”

Since the court-imposed ban, Typo Products has continued to sell its keyboard outside of the U.S., believing the injunction didn’t affect overseas markets. However, Judge Orrick disagreed, saying that the storage of the keyboards, as well as transactions, all took place within the U.S., in Las Vegas. The court said nearly 19,000 units had been sold since the sales ban was imposed.

After taking into account other issues, the judge ordered Typo Products to pay BlackBerry the $860,000 fine.

Celebrity Ryan Seacrest, who founded Typo Products with CEO Laurence Hallier, has in the last year continued to promote the $99 keyboard attachment, despite the fact that the case is ongoing.

Commenting on the judge’s decision, the company said on Wednesday, “This is a ruling as part of the ongoing patent litigation related to the initial Typo product.” It said the ruling has no impact on the Typo 2, a similar-looking keyboard it launched recently for the iPhone 6. BlackBerry has so far made no comment on either Wednesday’s ruling or the Typo 2.

Typo keyboard

Typo Product’s keyboard attachment was announced at the end of 2013 as a solution for iPhone users who preferred a physical keyboard to an on-screen one. But the familiar design soon had BlackBerry knocking at its door, with the company claiming the product to be a “blatant infringement against BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard.” The patent case dispute between the two companies continues.

[Source: Reuters]

Gaming

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ gets battle royale ‘Blackout’ beta September 10

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will hold a beta for its battle royale Blackout mode in September, and it will be available first to those who pre-ordered the game on PlayStation 4. The game releases October 12.
Deals

Relive the glory days of arcade games with hot deals on Arcade1Up cabinets

Looking for a way to enjoy classic arcade games the right way? The new Arcade1Up machines have you covered. They're surprisingly affordable, too, with an MSRP of $400, but if you pre-order now, you can score one for only $300.
Smart Home

Amazon Dash-powered WePlenish smart pantry device orders snacks, coffee, more

A Florida-based startup has started taking pre-orders for its new smart pantry, the WePlenish Java Smart Container, which can automatically order snacks and coffee when supplies start to run low.
Photography

Film-processing lab offers fascinating behind-the-scenes look

Digital is now the dominant format in the photography world, but there are still plenty of photographers who've chosen to continue with film. So how have the remaining processing labs adapted in order to serve those who love film?
Mobile

The best Moto Z3 cases to keep your flagship phone protected

The newly released Motorola Moto Z3 is a fine phone with a lot to offer. But while it's tough, it's not tough enough to go five rounds with concrete. Here are the best Moto Z3 cases to keep it protected.
Mobile

Master your Moto E5 Plus and E5 Play with these handy tips and tricks

The Moto E5 Plus and Moto E5 Play are Motorola's latest budget phone offerings. Whether you're new to Moto phones or just upgrading, there are plenty of special features to explore. Here are our favorite Moto E5 tips and tricks.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: inflatable backpacks and robotic submarines

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Mobile

Department of Justice asks judge to force Facebook to decrypt Messenger

The Department of Justice and Facebook are embroiled in a legal dispute over the future of Messenger's privacy policies. The government is demanding it decrypt Messaenger to allow for wiretapping of criminal suspects. Facebook is refusing…
Mobile

SMS Connect will allow you to use Skype to text from your PC

If you're a fan of Skype, then we have some good news for you. Microsoft is working on a new Skype feature called SMS Connect, which will allow you to use Skype to send and receive text messages on your PC, provided you have an Android…
Photography

From white skies to blurry subjects, how to fix common photo mistakes

You snapped the photo at the perfect moment, but the image is blurry. Understanding the most common photography mistakes can help capture better memories and more likable Instagrams. Here's how to fix these seven common photography…
Mobile

Quindim, quiche or quesito? What will Android Q be called?

We always like to wildly speculate about the next dessert-themed name for Android, but the letter Q is making that tougher than usual. Here are our best guesses and suggestions for the full name of Android Q.
Photography

How iPhone photographers connect the world using only ‘basic’ gear

August 19 is World Photography Day, marking progress from the daguerreotype to the iPhone. But how do today's photographers create a connection to viewers using basic gear? We talked to iPhone photographers and influencers around the world…
Wearables

Is this proof Google plans to launch a Pixel Watch soon?

From its Pixel smartphones to Google Home, the Google brand is quickly becoming synonymous with high-quality consumer hardware. This year, it looks like Google may branch out a little further by creating its first smartwatch.
Mobile

Samsung confirms the Galaxy S10 won't be the first 5G phone

It may be no more than a sparkle in Samsung's eye, but the Samsung Galaxy S10 is definitely coming. Here's everything we know about what's sure to be Samsung's most amazing creation so far.