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RIM Ordered in Basis Suit Not to Use BBX Mark at Conference

Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Research In Motion Ltd. was barred by a federal judge from using Basis International Ltd.’s “BBX” trademark at an industry conference in Asia that begins today.

U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson in Albuquerque, New Mexico, yesterday ruled that Research in Motion can’t use the BBX trademark at the DevCon conference in Singapore being held today and tomorrow.

Basis is likely to win its trademark-infringement claims against Research In Motion, and consumers are “likely to be confused by RIM’s use of BBX in connection with RIM’s goods and services,” Johnson wrote in the ruling.

The conference will be attended by software developers who may be users of Basis’ BBX software, according to the ruling.

Jamie Ernst, a representative of Waterloo, Ontario-based Research In Motion, said the company doesn’t typically comment on pending litigation.

“However RIM has already unveiled a new brand name for its next generation mobile platform,” Ernst said in an e-mailed statement. “As announced at DevCon Asia, RIM plans to use the ‘BlackBerry 10’ brand name for its next generation mobile platform.”

The case is Basis International Ltd. v. Research in Motion, 11-00953, US. District Court, District of New Mexico (Albuquerque).

To contact the reporter on this story: Joel Rosenblatt in San Francisco at jrosenblatt@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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