RIM Faces Trademark Suit Over 'BBX' Name

Lora Bentley

Research In Motion is the latest mobile phone maker to face intellectual property litigation, according to Ars Technica. A company called Basis International filed suit against the BlackBerry maker alleging trademark infringement. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico, claims Basis owns the trademark on the name BBX, which RIM has been using for its new operating system.


Basis reportedly has used the name since 1985 to refer to "a set of tools and languages that help developers write programs for multiple operating systems." It obtained the trademark in 1995.


The company argues RIM's use of the name for its mobile operating system has already created confusion for Basis customers. Moreover, Basis says RIM's continued use of the name would lead customers to believe its BBX tools could only be used to create software for the BBX operating system rather than across various platforms.


The company is asking the court to prevent RIM from using the name at all, and to require RIM to pay legal fees and damages. RIM maintains the marks are not confusing.

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