Phone makers Research In Motion and Samsung have settled a
lawsuit over the trademark details of Samsung’s BlackJack device.
BlackBerry maker RIM sought unspecified damages over the
trademark similarities of Samsung’s BlackJack, claiming that the South Korean
company was “misleading the public into falsely believing that Samsung's goods
and services are connected with RIM's business.” RIM also asked Samsung to deliver
every item that bears the BlackJack name “for destruction.”
The terms of the settlement are confidential, but Research
In Motion did say to Reuters,
“RIM is very pleased to have reached a mutually beneficial settlement agreement
that includes immediate provisions for the protection of RIM's valuable
Samsung has permission to continue selling the BlackJack in
its current incarnation, though it’s unlikely that there will be future
products using the name. Part of the settlement includes limitations on the use
of the name BlackJack, as well as a requirement for Samsung to withdraw its
trademark application for the name.
Research In Motion continues to ride its wave of good legal
fortunes, as yesterday it won
a UK patent lawsuit freeing it from any infringement charges.