The first accessory offered by the young company Typo Products LLC consisted of a keyboard Typo for iPhone which immediately caught the attention of the Canadian manufacturer Blackberry. Indeed, the resemblance to its own keyboard offered on its smartphones, and which made its success for years, was striking, as much in the layout of the keys, their beveled appearance as in the general appearance.
The Canadian group immediately filed a patent infringement complaint and obtained a first favorable appeal in March 2014. Typo Products had appealed the decision but had also prepared a new design for its keyboard.
The case has run its course and has just ended with a decision leading to a fine of $ 860,000 and the cost of legal fees, along with a ban on marketing the accessory sold for $ 99.
Typo Products intends to redo itself with a Typo 2 keyboard not affected by the BlackBerry complaint as well as by a new product intended for tablets, but the start-up of the company co-founded by producer Ryan Seacrest is rather expensive.
The manufacturer BlackBerry has repeatedly recalled the importance of the keyboard in the success of its devices and its platform and the latest launches (BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Classic) supported this return of the keyboard smartphone after several fully tactile models.