Blackberry accused of seeking keypad monopoly by Typo as court case gets underway

by Andrew Roach on February 7, 2014

Having gone through some of their hardest times since their formation, Blackberry have focused much of their recovery on maintaining the identity that helped make them world famous a decade ago.

In doing so, it’s meant that the smartphone pioneer has taken to the courts to defend their rights however their case against iPhone accessories firm Typo has seen the defendants go on the attack.

Typo has accused Blackberry of looking to secure a full monopoly on having keypads on smartphones as the California based firm filed their defence papers in a Californian court.

The iPhone accessories company, co-founded by media personality Ryan Seacrest, are currently being sued by Blackberry as their keypad for iPhones is thought to infringe the keypad patents owned by the Waterloo manufacturer.

When submitting their papers to the courts, Typo were adamant that there was nothing wrong with their design and that is was a unique conception right from the start of the creative process.

Typo claims that they went through hundreds of designs from previous devices stretching back to original typewriters in a bid to create a physical input device for iPhones.

Continuing on this ground, the defendants questioned Blackberry’s claims about originating mobile keypads and the
QWERTY format. This was emphasised in their papers where Typo stated: “Strangely, BlackBerry never disclosed any of
these Smith Corona products to the patent office. The QWERTY keyboard has been around since the 1870s and has been present in many messaging devices.”

It seems that this fight has the potential to get extremely petty after the initial was filed as Typo made its debut to the world at CES 2014 back at the start of the year.

Since then, Blackberry is seemingly doing whatever they can to stop Typo from having any long-term future in the mobile market should they be successful in their case.

If Blackberry were to win, it could see them not only prevent Typo from being sold in the US but also take all of the company’s profits as well as award additional damages for patent infringements.

With that in mind, Typo are going to stand their ground in any way they can and this could be a long, complicated fight which could cause major problems for whoever loses the case.

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