RIM, Samsung settle BlackJack brand brawl
South Korean company faces 'limitations' on
Research in Motion and Samsung have come to an arrangement over the South Korean giant's use of the name BlackJack, a brand a tad too close to 'BlackBerry', the push email pioneer had alleged in a lawsuit filed late last year.
The financial terms behind the deal were not disclosed. RIM said Samsung has agreed to withdraw an attempt to register BlackJack as a trademark and will face limits on how it can use the name but must take "reasonable measures to avoid confusion in the marketplace", according to a RIM statement. Presumably, though, Samsung can continue to call its BlackBerry-like i600 - as it's known over here - BlackJack.
Or maybe it's Blackjack now, since the RIM statement notably drops Samsung's mid-word capitalisation.
RIM took its beef to the US District Court for Central California early in December 2006, alleging unfair competition and trademark dilution.