U.S. court temporarily bars RIM from using BBX trademark

Wed Dec 7, 2011 7:59am EST

A customer walks into a BlackBerry store in Mumbai August 31, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A customer walks into a BlackBerry store in Mumbai August 31, 2010.

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(Reuters) - Software company Basis International Ltd said a U.S. federal court in Albuquerque has granted a temporary restraining order against Research in Motion, barring the BlackBerry maker from using Basis' BBX trademark.

The court decision bars RIM from using the BBX trademark at its Asian DevCon conference on December 7-8 in Singapore.

However, late on Tuesday, RIM appeared to backtrack on using the trademark.

"RIM doesn't typically comment on pending litigation, however RIM has already unveiled a new brand name for its next generation mobile platform. As announced at DevCon Asia, RIM plans to use the 'BlackBerry 10' brand name for its next generation mobile platform," RIM said in a statement issued to Reuters.

BBX, the operating system that Research In Motion is counting on to revive its BlackBerry franchise, has run into trouble even before the company could install the system in its smartphone line.

Albuquerque-based Basis International claims the "BBX" name is protected by trademarks it holds and had earlier threatened to take legal action against RIM unless it stopped using the moniker.

Basis said RIM had refused requests to stop using the moniker at the DevCon conference, which resulted in the company filing for the temporary restraining order.

(Reporting by Sakthi Prasad in Bangalore; Editing by Matt Driskill)

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