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Research In Motion, Samsung Settle Trademark Dispute

February 07, 2007

Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM:US), maker of the BlackBerry e-mail phone, settled a lawsuit that accused Samsung Electronics Co. of infringing a trademark with its BlackJack handset.

U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins in Los Angeles dismissed the case at the companies' request in an order filed Feb. 2. The dismissal was with prejudice, meaning that Research In Motion can't reinstate the infringement claims, except those arising from Samsung's use of the ``Black Carbon'' name.

``RIM is very pleased to have reached a mutually beneficial settlement agreement that includes immediate provisions for the protection of RIM's valuable trademarks,'' Waterloo, Ontario- based Research In Motion said in an e-mailed statement. Terms will be kept confidential, the company said.

Research In Motion sued Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung in December, saying use of the ``BlackJack'' name for a so-called smart phone ``constitutes false designation of origin, unfair competition, and trademark dilution.'' Research In Motion sought a court order barring use of the name and unspecified damages.

Cingular Wireless LLC, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, in November started selling the Samsung phone, which doubles as a music player and messaging device. The phone is ``highly similar'' to the BlackBerry Pearl smart phone, Research In Motion said in the complaint.

Kim Titus, a spokesman for Samsung Telecommunications America in Dallas, didn't immediately return a call for comment. Samsung Electronics is the world's third-largest maker of mobile phones.

Shares of Research In Motion fell 91 cents to $136.69 in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. Shares of Samsung Electronics fell 1,000 won to 586,000 won in Seoul.

The case is Research In Motion v. Samsung Telecommunications America et al, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, CV06-07797.

To contact the reporter on this story: Edvard Pettersson in Los Angeles at epettersson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Patrick Oster at poster@bloomberg.net.


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