RIM Comes Out With Response On BBM Trademark Suit
RIM has just released a official statement regarding the trademark lawsuit over the BBM name. It looks like RIM's case is that both BBM acronyms can co-exist without any issue due to the differences in services offered by BBM Canada and the BlackBerry Messenger platform.
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"Since its launch in July 2005, BlackBerry Messenger has become a tremendously popular social networking service. In 2010, RIM started to formally adopt the BBM acronym, which had, at that point, already been organically coined and widely used by BlackBerry Messenger customers as a natural abbreviation of the BlackBerry Messenger name. The services associated with RIMís BBM offering clearly do not overlap with BBM Canadaís services and the two marks are therefore eligible to co-exist under Canadian trademark law.
The two companies are in different industries and have never been competitors in any area. We believe that BBM Canada is attempting to obtain trademark protection for the BBM acronym that is well beyond the narrow range of the services it provides and well beyond the scope of rights afforded by Canadian trademark law. RIM has therefore asked the Court to dismiss the application and award costs to RIM. Further, for clarity, RIMís application to register BBM as a trademark with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is pending and we are confident that a registration will eventually issue. The inference by BBM Canada that CIPO has refused RIMís BBM trademark application is quite frankly very misleading."