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Trademark Trouble For RIM Over New "BBX" Name 95

Posted by samzenpus
from the hits-keep-coming dept.
AZA43 writes "As if its latest BlackBerry service outage--the worst in company history--and the mass exodus of BlackBerry users to iOS and Android weren't bad enough, RIM is now facing a potential trademark lawsuit over the name of its next generation BlackBerry OS: BBX. The BBX announcement was the most significant news to come from RIM's BlackBerry Developer Conference this week, and now it looks like RIM may have change the upcoming platform's name to something else. RIM just can't seem to do anything right these days."
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Trademark Trouble For RIM Over New "BBX" Name

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  • Re:due diligence? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Baloroth (2370816) on Thursday October 20, 2011 @11:12PM (#37787164)

    Maybe. RIMs response seems to indicate they think that the fields are far enough apart that it isn't a trademark violation, and they may be right. An OS vs a database/ toolset/ language? Just being in the tech field doesn't mean there is a trademark violation.

    A search on the USPTO shows several "BBX" tms, (including BASIS), several of which are in the tech field (on is even for a telecommunications suite). This took me ~45 seconds. I'm guessing they did the same. I think RIM definitely intended to say that the terms aren't in the same specific field and are therefore not confusing. Actual practice may prove them wrong, which would really suck for them.

  • by Octorian (14086) on Friday October 21, 2011 @01:10AM (#37787760) Homepage

    And if anyone actually was curious, the PlayBook Native SDK actually does run on Linux, and a lot of the F/OSS they've been porting to it is posted on Github.

    http://blackberry.github.com/

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