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RIM Ordered in Basis Suit Not to Use BBX Trademark at Conference

December 07, 2011

Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Research In Motion Ltd. was barred by a federal judge from using Basis International Ltd.’s “BBX” trademark at an industry conference in Asia that begins today.

U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson in Albuquerque, New Mexico, yesterday ruled that Research in Motion can’t use the BBX trademark at the DevCon conference in Singapore being held today and tomorrow.

Basis is likely to win its trademark-infringement claims against Research In Motion, and consumers are “likely to be confused by RIM’s use of BBX in connection with RIM’s goods and services,” Johnson wrote in the ruling.

The conference will be attended by software developers who may be users of Basis’ BBX software, according to the ruling.

A representative of Waterloo, Ontario-based Research In Motion didn’t immediately return phone and e-mail messages after regular business hours seeking comment on the ruling.

The case is Basis International Ltd. v. Research in Motion, 11-00953, US. District Court, District of New Mexico (Albuquerque).

--Editor: Michael Hytha

To contact the reporter on this story: Joel Rosenblatt in San Francisco at jrosenblatt@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net


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