BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) Wins Another Round Vs Ryan Seacrest And Co.


BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has notched another win in court against Typo Products LLC, a company that counts celebrity Ryan Seacrest as one of its co-founders.

According to The Wall Street Journal, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) won in a decision by U.S. District Judge William Orrick on Thursday rejecting Typo Products LLC’s argument that the introduction of its new line of keyboard products should be enough to lift a temporary injunction granted to the phones maker.

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Late in March, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s request for a temporary injunction against Typo Products LLC merchandise was granted after Judge Orrick was convinced that Typo Products LLC’s iPhone cases were likely infringing on patents owned by the Canadian phones maker.

In his ruling in March, the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California judge said that BlackBerry Ltd is likely to win against the company as the company has “convincingly shown that BlackBerry’s keyboard designs are a key driver of demand and goodwill for BlackBerry phones.”

The legal battle between the two companies began in January when BlackBerry Ltd sued Typo Products LLC for the iPhone cases the latter was selling which gave iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S users qwerty keyboards.

Furthermore, Judge Orrick ruled in favor of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) regarding the phone manufacturer’s argument that the international sales of Typo Products LLC cases may have violated the terms of the temporary injunction which was granted in March.

“BlackBerry has raised significant questions suggesting that Typo’s sales to foreign retailers after the injunction went into effect…violated the preliminary injunction,” The Wall Street Journal quotes Judge Orrick as writing in his decision.

According to The Wall Street Journal report, Typo Product LLC disputed this claim saying that products distributed to international dealers were not meant to be sold inside the United States.

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) investors includes Prem Watsa‘s Fairfax Financial Holdings with a reported stake of about 46.65 million shares in the company by the end of the second quarter of the year.

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