Back in January of 2014, BlackBerry sued the makers of the Typo, a hardware keyboard case for the iPhone. BlackBerry argued that the Typo violated its keyboard patents, and it’s not hard to see why the court eventually came down on BlackBerry’s side—the Typo is a clear imitation of the keyboard BlackBerry has been selling with its phones for years.
The US District Court of Northern California ordered Typo to halt sales, and the injunction went into effect on April 15, 2014. However, Typo didn’t comply, and BlackBerry decided to pursue a contempt of court charge that the court has now upheld. Typo will pay BlackBerry an $860,000 fine plus other legal fees and costs.
According to the court filing (PDF, worth a read in its entirety), Typo sold a total of 18,737 Typo keyboards after the injunction went into effect, provided warranty service for 365 keyboards, and “referred six customers to third parties to buy the enjoined keyboard.”
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