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NewsPoster Mar 29, 2014 11:09 AM
Judge bars sale of Ryan Seacrest's BlackBerry-esque Typo keyboard
In a victory for Canadian cellphone manufacturer BlackBerry, US District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco ruled that the Ryan Seacrest-backed <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Typo Products iPhone keyboard</a> case will be barred from sale. Judge Orrick ruled that BlackBerry is <a href="" rel='nofollow'>"likely to prevail"</a> over the imitator in issuing his ruling blocking the Typo keyboard.<br />
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BlackBerry's general counsel and chief legal officer, Steve Zipperstein, said in a statement preceding the original hearing that "this is a blatant infringement against BlackBerry's iconic keyboard, and we will vigorously protect our intellectual property against any company that attempts to copy our unique design." <br />
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"BlackBerry has convincingly shown that BlackBerry's keyboard designs are a key driver of demand and goodwill for BlackBerry phones," Orrick wrote, noting that Typo hasn't made a significant challenge to the legitimacy of BlackBerry's patents, which could have given the newcomer an opportunity to succeed with the knock-off idea.<br />
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Television personality Ryan Seacrest and an investment partner are believed to have put more than $1 million into the keyboard venture, with other keyboard products said to be in development. Seacrest has previously lamented the need to keep two devices, including an iPhone as a primary smartphone and a second handset for "typing and correspondence," though he did not explicitly name BlackBerry as the inspiration for the Typo keyboard.<br />
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<div align='center'><img class='mobile-img' src='' width='500' height='620' alt='Typo vs. BlackBerry Q10 (not to scale)' border='0' pagespeed_url_hash="3166420972"/><br/><span class='minor2'>Typo vs. BlackBerry Q10 (not to scale)</span></div><br />
Flying Meat Mar 31, 2014 06:26 PM
Seriously. Why the horizontal bars separating the rows, and why the same arc'd edge design on the keys. Just plain asking for it. :\
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