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Issues continue for struggling phonemaker

Waterloo, Ontario-based Research in Motion, Ltd. (TSE:RIM) hardly needs more bad news.  The smartphone maker was once growing at a rapid pace globally in the U.S.  Now it has seen its growth slow globally, and has seen itself losing market share and, more importantly, unit sales in the U.S.  To top it off, the company forced customers to suffer through days without service, thanks to a global service malfunction.  With investors calling for either the company to sell itself or to adopt sweeping management changes, the time for decisive action is now.

RIM has seemingly taken the type of bold moves necessary, unveiling relatively impressive new hardware, and a slick new OS based on its recent acquisition QNX.  But in an embarassing twist, it maybe forced to change the name of that new OS from BBX.

After announcing the new OS at its fourth annual BlackBerry Developer Conference (DevCon) in San Francisco, Calif., it was revealed that RIM ignored that there was already a preexisting service of this name.

BASIS Technology Corp., a business software firm, owns trademarks internationally on BBx [press release].  BBx is in fact the company's flagship service, which it describes as an "operating system independent language, database, and toolset", elaborating that the service offers "OS-agnostic language that runs on numerous OSs, Java platforms, and JavaScript-enabled browsers."

BASIS Technology says it is suing RIM to prevent the use of its trademark, commenting, "[A] new BlackBerry operating system (OS) named "BBX" is causing great confusion for the worldwide BASIS community and could potentially harm BASIS' [sic] reputation for enabling cross-platform application development....We are fielding numerous customer inquiries voicing their confusion about the RIM announcement."

RIM announces BBX... just kidding! [Source: RIM]

RIM claims it did nothing wrong.  It writes, "RIM has not yet received a copy of the legal complaint described in Basis International's press release, but we do not believe the marks are confusing, particularly since our respective companies are in different lines of business."

But ultimately RIM and BASIS Technology both run internet services, so the possibility for confusion is high, especially considering that RIM precisely copied the name of BASIS's flagship product.

This is an unfortunate situation for RIM as retracting the name would create customer confusion and add another item to the long list of company problems.  BBX seemed the perfect name as it's a natural word blend of "BlackBerry" and "QNX".  But apparently RIM has fallen victim to yet another potentially serious setbak.

Sources: BASIS, CIO

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RE: Poor RIM
By Pirks on 10/21/2011 2:44:38 PM , Rating: -1
You think if JM is trolling them it looks sad? Who the fuck is JM for it to look sad? I'd be worried if say Obama or someone really important like him were trolling RIM or smacking them down, that'd be pretty sad to look. But that unknown little tabloid dog Jason Mick barking? OH MY GOD RIM IS SO ASHAMED JASON MICK JUST BARKED IN THEIR DIRECTION AGAIN IN HIS TABLOID HAHAHA :))) Come on man, be real. Their quarter reports paint the picture, not the trolls and tabloid dogs like JM.

P.S. good news again to balance JM's trolling - Playbook just got MKV playback support, woot! Now I can watch all my MKV rips on my beautiful RIM tablet. Eat this anti-RIM trolls :P

RE: Poor RIM
By retrospooty on 10/21/11, Rating: 0
RE: Poor RIM
By augiem on 10/21/2011 3:16:03 PM , Rating: 2
But they do respond! ;)

RE: Poor RIM
By retrospooty on 10/21/2011 3:39:09 PM , Rating: 1
I know I know I am extremely guilty of feeding this troll. I fed him a lot lately. I think I was trying to figure out if he is actually serious or not... what I discovered is... he is an idiot don't feed the trolls. LOL

RE: Poor RIM
By Pirks on 10/21/2011 3:55:26 PM , Rating: 1
only you would tout anything on the playbook as good
Not only me, lying troll. Read this:

and this:

"PlayBook offers the best browsing experience from a pure software standpoint of any of the tablets"

See how you can't stop lying "only you tout playbook", troll? Haha caught you lying again, 50th time or something like that.

Now lie me some more please :))) hehee, this is fun AGAIN! :D

RE: Poor RIM
By retrospooty on 10/21/2011 4:22:38 PM , Rating: 2
Here's a good lie for you.

How about sales #'s how do you like them ? LOL

I am done feeding you now though. Enjoy that link.

RE: Poor RIM
By Pirks on 10/21/11, Rating: 0
RE: Poor RIM
By sigmatau on 10/21/2011 5:36:34 PM , Rating: 2
LOL Pirks must be Canadian. He doesn't know that the WHOLE WORLD is trolling them, not just "JM".

RE: Poor RIM
By Pirks on 10/21/2011 5:48:37 PM , Rating: 2
That's ok as long as these trolls are insignificant tabloid whores like JM

RE: Poor RIM
By retrospooty on 10/21/2011 7:06:20 PM , Rating: 2
"LOL Pirks must be Canadian. He doesn't know that the WHOLE WORLD is trolling them, not just "JM"."

Yup, JM, Tiffany, sometimes Brandon, the rest of the smartphone industry, wall street, RIM employees, RIM stockholders, and just about everyone else that pays even a little attention to the smartphone industry thinks RIM is in deep trouble, but they are ALL trolls. Especially the customers that are buying all the better phones on hte market. They are the worst trolls of all.

RIM is actually in great shape... Its just the world out to make them look bad. =)

RE: Poor RIM
By spread on 10/22/11, Rating: 0
"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain

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