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Friday, March 28, 2014, 09:18 pm PT (12:18 am ET)

BlackBerry wins injunction, sales ban against 'Typo' iPhone keyboard

A U.S. district court judge on Friday granted BlackBerry a preliminary injunction against the Typo iPhone keyboard case for infringing on certain patents, effectively banning sales of the Ryan Seacrest-backed device.

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In a ruling handed down by U.S. District Judge William Orrick, BlackBerry was able to establish a "likelihood" of proving that the Typo Bluetooth keyboard infringes on its patents, reports Reuters.

That knowledge, combined with Typo's inability to challenge BlackBerry's patents, is enough to slap the company with a preliminary injunction banning sales.

"BlackBerry is pleased that its motion for a preliminary injunction against Typo Products LLC was granted," BlackBerry said in a statement. "This ruling will help prevent further injury to BlackBerry from Typo's blatant theft of our patented keyboard technology."

AppleInsider was able to take a look at Typo in January, just days after BlackBerry hit the company with its patent infringement suit. Overall, we found the device to be a well-built but cumbersome keyboard aimed at BlackBerry die-hards.

As for Typo, the company said it was disappointed with the decision and will file an appeal.

"Typo will continue to make and sell innovative products that busy people can't live without," the company said.