No BlackBerry keyboard for you, and other news for March 31, 2014
Sorry folks, it looks like those of you who dreamed of having a BlackBerry-type keyboard for your iPhone will have to just keep on dreaming. The company has won a court order against Ryan Seacrest's Typo iPhone keyboard. The Typo had been expected to go on sale this Spring, but once BlackBerry got wind of it they filed a lawsuit against Seacrest's company in January. As Reuters reports:
U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco said that the Canadian mobile phone maker had established a "likelihood" of proving that Typo infringed its patents, while mentioning that Typo had not sufficiently challenged the patents in question.
The preliminary injunction prohibits Typo from the sale of its keyboard, which is a part of the relief sought by Blackberry.
"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," a spokeswoman for BlackBerry said in an email.
Typo said it was disappointed and plans to appeal the decision.
In other news:
- Square has begun notifying customers that can get a new card reader for free.
- Apple has sent out a new letter to residents in the area of the Campus 2 HQ notifying them of updates on its construction.
- New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella seems pretty pleased about Office for iPad's App Store rankings.
- iTunes apparently still dwarfs subscription streaming services.
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