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BlackBerry Wins Sales Ban Against Copycat Keyboard for Apple's iPhone

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BlackBerry has won a rare patent victory and secured a court order blocking the sale of a keypad accessory for Apple's iPhone that it said was too similar to its own keypad designs.

BlackBerry originally filed a lawsuit against Typo Products for infringing one the design of its own keyboard back in January.

In a preliminary ruling, the San Francisco court ruled that BlackBerry is likely to win its infringement claims and that Typo hasn't made a strong challenge to the validity of the smartphone maker's patents.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick wrote that BlackBerry had demonstrated that its keyboard design is a key driver of its sales and brand awareness, and that Typo's keyboard would directly challenge that market.

The court also dismissed concerns that the sales ban would put Typo out of business.

Typo was founded by entrepreneur Laurence Hallier and TV host and media personality Ryan Seacrest. The company said it's disappointed with the decision and that it will appeal the order.

Blackberry will need to post a deposit with the court equivalent to the expected loss of sales by Typo between the sales ban coming into effect, and the full court hearing later this year.

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