BlackBerry maker cleared to use BBM name
Published Jun 1 2012, 15:44 BST | By Mark Langshaw Research in Motion
(RIM) has been granted permission to continuing using the name BBM for its instant messaging service.
Radio and TV audience measuring company BBM Canada accused the Blackberry maker of infringing on its trademark, but its legal challenge was rejected by the Federal Court of Canada, Reuters
"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 said in a statement.
The ruling marks a change of fortunes from RIM, who have been struggling in the phone and tablet market for some time. Recent reports suggest that it is about to slash around 2,000 jobs
in a bid to reduce its global workforce by 12%.
RIM introduced a wave of layoffs last summer, but has continued to struggle financially. Earlier this month, its share prices fell by 5.76% following a lukewarm reception to a prototype of its BlackBerry 10 smartphone
The first Blackberry 10 devices are expected to be released in late 2012, meaning that they could face stiff competition from Apple's next generation iPhone.
Watch a video introducing the Blackberry 10 below: