“A U.S. district court on Wednesday sanctioned television host Ryan Seacrest’s Typo Products LLC for violating an injunction barring it from selling a $99 iPhone case found to have likely infringed on BlackBerry Ltd patents,” Euan Rocha reports for Reuters.
“U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco ordered Typo on Wednesday to pay BlackBerry $860,600 (£567,303) in sanctions, plus attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in connection with Typo’s violation of the injunction,” Rocha reports. “A spokeswoman for Typo in an email said that the ongoing litigation and fine relates to the initial Typo product and does not impact its since redesigned keyboard product.”
“‘It has no impact on the Typo 2 product currently in the marketplace, or our other planned product releases for the tablet,’ the company said in an email, declining to comment any further on the matter,” Rocha reports. “The court, in an order issued on Wednesday, said that Typo had sold nearly 19,000 of the keyboards after the preliminary injunction had been issued.”
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