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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 trademark.”

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.





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