Last month, RIM filed a lawsuit in a United States federal court, claiming that one of Samsung’s products violated one of its trademarks. These two companies have reached a settlement.
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The Basis for the Lawsuit
A few weeks ago, Cingular Wireless began offering the Samsung BlackJack, a Windows Mobile Smartphone (pictured at left).
Shortly thereafter, Research at Motion (RIM) filed its lawsuit because it believed that the name of this device is too close to the name it has trademarked for its long-running line of smartphones, called BlackBerries.
After settling this lawsuit, RIM released the following statement:
[The settlement includes] limitations on use of the Blackjack trademark, withdrawal of the trademark application for Blackjack, Cingular’s retention of common law rights in the Blackjack trademark, and certain reasonable measures to avoid confusion in the marketplace.”