Federal Court sides with RIM, says the use of BBM doesn’t infringe on any trademarks

Ian Hardy

May 31, 2012 6:18pm

Last December Jim MacLeod, president and CEO of BBM Canada, said “We want our name back.” He was speaking about RIM’s use of BBM with their popular BlackBerry Messenger service. BBM Canada kicked RIM hard when they were down and decided to take them to court for infringing on their trademark. MacLeod was seeking RIM to stop using the BBM acronym, plus pay for the ongoing damages to their brand.

Today the Federal Court has ruled in favour of RIM, stating the companies operate in different industries. RIM in wireless telecom and BBM canada in the broadcast industry. RIM spokeswoman Tenille Kennedy stated that “We are pleased that the Federal Court of Canada sided with RIM and confirmed that RIM’s use of BBM does not infringe the trademark rights of BBM Canada as they had alleged.”

RIM revealed a couple days ago that they have over 59 million BBM subscribers worldwide. They are expected to launch their new BlackBerry 10 OS and devices in the coming months.

Finally some good news.

Source: Globe

  • Nathaniel

    I’m happy to hear. BBM Canada did a low ball move.

    • NoBBM

      Does this mean ths NOW they will add BBM to the Playbook?

      Does this mean that now every Blackberry will have a BBM button?

      What is BBM?

    • Why?

      Who gives a sh*t about RIM

  • Brian

    BBM Canada kept calling me night and day to complete their survey about what I listen to on the radio (which station, when and where), the level of detail required for the survey was ridiculous. Only after I told them they had the wrong number, they stopped calling.

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  • Kid.Canada

    Well that will be the end of BBM Canada’s “15 minutes of fame”. I hope they enjoyed theyre free publicity which didnt last long.

  • Acco

    Patent, copyright, and trademark trolls need to go DIAF.