Typo, the iPhone 5/5s keyboard case that brings a physical keyboard to the iPhone 5/5s has been ordered to cease sales of its case by a US district judge in San Francisco. If you remember sometime last year, Blackberry decided to sure Typo because they felt the companies case looked too similar to Blackberry’s iconic keyboard. CNET and Reuters report that US District Judge William Orrick ruled in favor of Blackberry, saying that they proved the “likelihood” of infringement and Typo had not given evidence to refute that.
“BlackBerry is pleased that its motion for a preliminary injunction against Typo Products LLC was granted. This ruling will help prevent further injury to BlackBerry from Typo’s blatant theft of our patented keyboard technology,” a spokeswoman for BlackBerry told the news agency in an email.
Typo fired back with a low key shot saying they “will continue to make and sell innovative products that busy people can’t live without.” Blackberry is obviously very excited that the ruling went their way and the hope is they can squash Typo completely. While there is no doubt that the keyboard case bares some resemblance to Blackberries keyboard, it does seem kind of silly that Blackberry would even pursue this. Given their current situation in the mobile market you would think energies and funds would be better suited to reviving and refreshing a dying product.
While there are a few who still cling to the physical keyboard, the numbers aren’t that significant. I hardly think it’s worth the fight to protect a piece of tech that is heading to its grave and would rather concentrate on making better products. What do you think? Is Blackberry just in this lawsuit? Or should they just let it be and work on actually saving the company rather than a keyboard? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.