Typo makes and sells physical keyboards that can be attached to Apple's iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S. Co-founded by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, Typo Products announced its $99 keyboard last year.
BlackBerry immediately took notice and filed a lawsuit against the startup in January this year. BlackBerry alleged that Typo infringed its own patent, adding that Typo blatantly copied BlackBerry’s keyboard.
U.S. District Judge William Orrick said in a ruling today that the BlackBerry maker established a likelihood of proving that Typo infringed its patents. Judge Orrick added that Typo didn't provide a strong statement to prove its case.
Typo quipped that the preliminary injunction, which could lead to a temporary sales ban, will put the young company out of business. But Judge Orrick dismissed Typo's response.
"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," BlackBerry told Reuters.
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