Research In Motion has finally broken its spell of misfortunes, as a court ruling in Canada favored the company’s usage of the BBM moniker for its popular instant messaging (IM) service BlackBerry Messenger.
The Canadian smartphone maker got hit with a trademark infringement complaint from BBM Canada after the broadcasting firm brought to a federal court RIM’s usage of the BBM acronym to name its BlackBerry Messenger IM service. To the delight of the still struggling phone maker, the court ruled that RIM will not be restricted from using ‘BBM’, especially with both firms in entirely unlike industries.
“We are pleased that the Federal Court of Canada sided with RIM and confirmed that RIM’s use of BBM does not infringe the trade-mark rights of BBM Canada as they had alleged,” said RIM.
The latest ruling signifies the first major good news that crossed RIM’s path. Several days back, RIM CEO Thorston Heins warned investors that the firm expects to report another loss for the Q1 on account of low sales volumes and prices.
The ruling came out after Karima Bawa, Chief Financial Officer at RIM, retired and the company’s announcement to lay off 2,000 employees for its global restructuring.