by CIO Staff

RIM Hits Samsung With Lawsuit over BlackJack Name

Dec 12, 2006 2 mins
Mobile Small and Medium Business

Research In Motion (RIM), maker of the popular BlackBerry handheld, on Friday filed suit against Samsung Telecommunications America for allegedly violating an RIM trademark when it named two of its newest smart phones the BlackJack and Black Carbon, reports.

Samsung BlackJack will be offered via Cingular Wireless
BlackJack Smart Phone

RIM has requested an injunction barring Samsung from selling the phones, as well as unspecified damages, according to The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, reports.

“Samsung is misleading the public into falsely believing that Samsung’s goods and services are connected with RIM’s business,” the legal filing reads, according to

Last month, Samsung unveiled the BlackJack smart phone in conjunction with Microsoft and Cingular Wireless, and said it would initially be available only through Cingular. At that time the phone was priced at $199 after mail-in rebate and two-year activation with unlimited data plan.

In related news, RIM in March settled a drawn-out patent suit with patent holding firm NTP for $612.5 million.

Related Links:

  • Samsung, Cingular Unveil BlackJack Smart Phone

  • BlackBerry on the Edge ( exclusive feature)

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