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Typo Forced to Pay BlackBerry $860,000 for Violating Sales Ban

by Killian Bell | February 5, 2015February 5, 2015 5:00 am PDT

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The last thing any startup company needs is a hefty fine, but that’s exactly what you get if you don’t abide by court injunctions. Typo Products, maker of the Typo keyboard for iPhone, has been ordered to pay BlackBerry $860,000 for violating its sales ban.

The Typo is the dream accessory for BlackBerry-lovers using an iPhone. It clips a physical keyboard onto your device that negates the need to type on a touchscreen and brings that familiar BlackBerry feel to iOS.

The only problem is, Typo’s original keyboard was too close to BlackBerry’s, and the Canadian company sued for intellectual property infringement.

Last March, Typo was issued a preliminary injunction that banned it from selling the Typo case. It has since released a second product, Typo 2, that’s designed to avoid infringing BlackBerry’s properties — but it seems it has continued to sell its original accessory as well.

As a result, a judge has ordered Typo, which is backed by Ryan Seacrest, to pay BlackBerry $860,000 in damages.

This is good news for BlackBerry and its fans, but the company originally requested $2.6 million, plus attorneys’ fees, claiming that Typo “made at least two bulk sales of Typo cases and performed 100 warranty replacements after the injunction went into effect,” Re/code reports.

As for Typo, it insists the fine “has no impact on the Typo 2 product currently in the marketplace or our other planned product releases for the tablet.”

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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