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BlackBerry 1, Ryan Seacrest 0: Typo Keyboard Banned by Court Order

Startup says it will appeal decision


American Idol host Ryan Seacrest’s new startup Typo has been banned from selling its snap-on keyboard for the iPhone after a lawsuit by BlackBerry (BBRY) — which said the keyboard was a copyright infringement.

Typo — co-founded by Seacrest — had been selling its keyboard since December, but in January BlackBerry filed suit, saying that the keyboard was a “blatant infringement against BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard.”

And a federal judge agreed, at least until the lawsuit is resolved.

“This ruling will help prevent further injury to BlackBerry from Typo’s blatant theft of our patented keyboard technology,” BlackBerry said in a statement. “While we are flattered by the desire to graft our keyboard onto other smartphones, we will not tolerate the deliberate use of our iconic design without proper permission.”

Typo had previously stated that the lawsuit was without merit, and the company said in a statement that it would appeal the decision.

California District Judge William Orrick noted in  his ruling that BlackBerry had established a likelihood that the patent had been infringed upon and Typo had not presented a reasonable challenge.

BBRY stock is up 8% year to date.

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