BASIS Starts Playing Hardball With RIM Over BBX Name

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After RIM formally revealed that its next-generation QNX-based operating system for BlackBerry phones will be called BBX, a company already using the same name for one of its software products crawled out of the woodwork and sent RIM a cease-and-desist. When we heard about this last week, BASIS International, the company behind the BBx software package, had not yet begun any legal action against RIM, and it was reported that BASIS would be waiting until the end of the month to see how RIM wanted to react. Well, maybe the statements RIM made arguing that it didn’t see how anyone would be confused between the BBX operating system and the BASIS BBx software told BASIS all it needed to know about RIM’s intentions, as it’s gone ahead and filed suit against RIM.

BASIS seeks injunctions barring RIM from releasing its new OS as BBX and requests monetary remuneration, including punitive damages. It claims that following RIM’s announcement, it was swamped with calls from “confused customers”. Really? We’ve got a feeling that any such calls were more along the lines of “hey, did you guys hear that BlackBerry stole your name,” rather than any real confusion over why smartphones would start running a 26-year-old software package for businesses.

Source: MobileBurn

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!