Court Orders Ryan Seacrest’s Typo to Pay BlackBerry $860,000 for Copying Keyboard

A US judge this week ordered Typo Products to pay BlackBerry $860,000 for blatantly copying the Canadian company’s iconic (and heavily patented) physical smartphone keyboard.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco ordered Typo to pay the amount, which included attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in connection with the company’s violation of the injunction, on Wednesday.

A year ago BlackBerry sued Typo, which was cofounded by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest. The courts swiftly sided with BlackBerry, blocking further sales of Typo’s $99 iPhone case.

Typo, which now uses Ottawa’s Shopify e-commerce platform to power its online store, has already launched Typo2, which it claims does not violate any of BlackBerry’s keyboard patents.

The court battle is a victory for BlackBerry, though it only received roughly one-third of the $2.64 million it originally asked for in the suit.