BlackBerry battles BlackJack

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In what might be the battle of the century, RIM’s stepped up, rolled up their sleeves, and is ready to lay some sort of smack down on Samsung, maker of the BlackJack. Engadget reports that our good pals over at Research in Motion have sued Samsung for copyright infringement in US Federal Court in Los Angeles – and for what? It’s all in the name.

“Oh, RIM, we understand that you want to protect your trademark over the BlackBerry name. But do you really, honestly, believe that just because another smartphone has the name “Black” in it, that throngs of people will rush out to buy the BlackJack when they meant to buy the BlackBerry? Or is this just a ploy to squeeze some money out of Samsung when you two finally settle this dispute?”

As always, we’ve got RIM’s back, but this might just be pushing it a little tiny bit. Thoughts, folks?

  • http://cwhisonant.blogspot.com/ Chris Whisonant

    I’m a faithful reader of BBCool. I love my 8700c and am a BES admin. They are wonderful.

    That said, I’ve been using a blackjack for over a week. Once I got past the fact that it runs Windows, it’s not a bad phone. Cingular needs to allow BBConnect for WM5, but that’s a different story.

    I have thought the same thing – that the Blackjack name may be a shot at RIM. But if you look at the commercials, they have multiple devices (camera, phone, media player, etc…) all rolled into one. And there is a dealer shuffling them all into one “deck” that is the Blackjack. Oh, and this phone is actually BLACK!! The BlackBerry is neither black, nor a fruit – talk amongst yourselves!

    RIM is stupid for this. Can no phone manufacturer use the word “black” in the name of a phone? It’s really over the top – and I doubt that anyone going into a Cingular store wanting a “BlackBerry” will be shown a Blackjack or get the two confused.

    RIM needs to continue focusing on making phones and making BES easier to upgrade. Their resources would return more results than a frivolous lawsuit tying up our courts!

  • http://cwhisonant.blogspot.com Chris Whisonant

    I’m a faithful reader of BBCool. I love my 8700c and am a BES admin. They are wonderful.

    That said, I’ve been using a blackjack for over a week. Once I got past the fact that it runs Windows, it’s not a bad phone. Cingular needs to allow BBConnect for WM5, but that’s a different story.

    I have thought the same thing – that the Blackjack name may be a shot at RIM. But if you look at the commercials, they have multiple devices (camera, phone, media player, etc…) all rolled into one. And there is a dealer shuffling them all into one “deck” that is the Blackjack. Oh, and this phone is actually BLACK!! The BlackBerry is neither black, nor a fruit – talk amongst yourselves!

    RIM is stupid for this. Can no phone manufacturer use the word “black” in the name of a phone? It’s really over the top – and I doubt that anyone going into a Cingular store wanting a “BlackBerry” will be shown a Blackjack or get the two confused.

    RIM needs to continue focusing on making phones and making BES easier to upgrade. Their resources would return more results than a frivolous lawsuit tying up our courts!

  • http://gsimmonssc.blogspot.com/ Greg Simmons

    RIM…back off! Remember another company holding your feet to the fire over copyright infringement?

    I guess no more Blackberry jam, BlackBerry cobbler, etc, etc.

  • http://gsimmonssc.blogspot.com/ Greg Simmons

    RIM…back off! Remember another company holding your feet to the fire over copyright infringement?

    I guess no more Blackberry jam, BlackBerry cobbler, etc, etc.

  • http://gsimmonssc.blogspot.com Greg Simmons

    RIM…back off! Remember another company holding your feet to the fire over copyright infringement?

    I guess no more Blackberry jam, BlackBerry cobbler, etc, etc.

  • Dan

    I tend to agree with RIM on this one, even though it sounds like RIM is being petty.

    Due to some of my organization’s handheld-level security requirements, we currently only support RIM-manufactured handhelds (i.e. not Blackberry connect, not Windows Mobile, etc.). At the same time, users have the ability the ability in our environment to purchase their own handhelds and be added to the BES, on the condition that they agree to be bound by our security requirements.

    In this environment, we have had quite a few people in the past couple weeks come to use with their new “Blackberry” all ready to go…only to find out it was a Blackjack. In talking to them, they really did think they were buying a Blackberry.

    Perhaps all would be ok, if when walking into the store, the people interacting with the customer would correct people each time they call a Blackjack a Blackberry, in the same way that when I ask for a Coke, I am asked if a Pepsi is ok.

  • Dan

    I tend to agree with RIM on this one, even though it sounds like RIM is being petty.

    Due to some of my organization’s handheld-level security requirements, we currently only support RIM-manufactured handhelds (i.e. not Blackberry connect, not Windows Mobile, etc.). At the same time, users have the ability the ability in our environment to purchase their own handhelds and be added to the BES, on the condition that they agree to be bound by our security requirements.

    In this environment, we have had quite a few people in the past couple weeks come to use with their new “Blackberry” all ready to go…only to find out it was a Blackjack. In talking to them, they really did think they were buying a Blackberry.

    Perhaps all would be ok, if when walking into the store, the people interacting with the customer would correct people each time they call a Blackjack a Blackberry, in the same way that when I ask for a Coke, I am asked if a Pepsi is ok.

  • http://cwhisonant.blogspot.com/ Chris Whisonant

    That’s a good one Dan! Maybe those people shouldn’t be allowed to have either… ;)

    Nowhere on the box does it say that it’s a BlackBerry. The Cingular salespeople should have told them to wait another week for the Pearl. By the way, we have some Pearls in now. My manager should hopefully have one soon. Maybe he won’t like it!

  • http://cwhisonant.blogspot.com/ Chris Whisonant

    That’s a good one Dan! Maybe those people shouldn’t be allowed to have either… ;)

    Nowhere on the box does it say that it’s a BlackBerry. The Cingular salespeople should have told them to wait another week for the Pearl. By the way, we have some Pearls in now. My manager should hopefully have one soon. Maybe he won’t like it!

  • http://cwhisonant.blogspot.com/ Chris Whisonant

    That’s a good one Dan! Maybe those people shouldn’t be allowed to have either… ;)

    Nowhere on the box does it say that it’s a BlackBerry. The Cingular salespeople should have told them to wait another week for the Pearl. By the way, we have some Pearls in now. My manager should hopefully have one soon. Maybe he won’t like it!

  • http://cwhisonant.blogspot.com Chris Whisonant

    That’s a good one Dan! Maybe those people shouldn’t be allowed to have either… ;)

    Nowhere on the box does it say that it’s a BlackBerry. The Cingular salespeople should have told them to wait another week for the Pearl. By the way, we have some Pearls in now. My manager should hopefully have one soon. Maybe he won’t like it!

  • http://gsimmonssc.blogspot.com/ Greg Simmons

    oh, come on! Now you’re expecting people to READ the box! Next, you’ll actually ask them to read the user’s manual. I guess that’s ok….as long as you don’t get freaky and expect them to research what they’re buying.

    BTW, can I have your 8700 if the Pearl rolls your way? ;-)

  • http://gsimmonssc.blogspot.com Greg Simmons

    oh, come on! Now you’re expecting people to READ the box! Next, you’ll actually ask them to read the user’s manual. I guess that’s ok….as long as you don’t get freaky and expect them to research what they’re buying.

    BTW, can I have your 8700 if the Pearl rolls your way? ;-)

  • Thought

    There is no doubt that some will confuse the names and purchase a BlackJack thinking it to be a BlackBerry. In fact, I do believe that one factor in the choice of name for the BlackJack was due to its similarity with BlackBerry. If you read the source article you will see that this is not the first time that Samsung is in trouble for ripping off a name.

    Let’s also remember that the Cingular salespeople will be of little help to clear up this confusion. There are probably more than a few salespeople themselves who think the BlackJack to be a BlackBerry.

    That being said, I don’t see how RIM can win this one. In essence, they are staking claim to every name that begins with the word “black” and I don’t see how they can do that.

    However, sometimes in the corporate world you fire a warning shot, and this may be the case.

  • Thought

    There is no doubt that some will confuse the names and purchase a BlackJack thinking it to be a BlackBerry. In fact, I do believe that one factor in the choice of name for the BlackJack was due to its similarity with BlackBerry. If you read the source article you will see that this is not the first time that Samsung is in trouble for ripping off a name.

    Let’s also remember that the Cingular salespeople will be of little help to clear up this confusion. There are probably more than a few salespeople themselves who think the BlackJack to be a BlackBerry.

    That being said, I don’t see how RIM can win this one. In essence, they are staking claim to every name that begins with the word “black” and I don’t see how they can do that.

    However, sometimes in the corporate world you fire a warning shot, and this may be the case.

  • Thought

    There is no doubt that some will confuse the names and purchase a BlackJack thinking it to be a BlackBerry. In fact, I do believe that one factor in the choice of name for the BlackJack was due to its similarity with BlackBerry. If you read the source article you will see that this is not the first time that Samsung is in trouble for ripping off a name.

    Let’s also remember that the Cingular salespeople will be of little help to clear up this confusion. There are probably more than a few salespeople themselves who think the BlackJack to be a BlackBerry.

    That being said, I don’t see how RIM can win this one. In essence, they are staking claim to every name that begins with the word “black” and I don’t see how they can do that.

    However, sometimes in the corporate world you fire a warning shot, and this may be the case.

  • al

    If they wanted to TM the word “black” they could have. Truth is BlackJack is stellar, and with Exchange SP2 pushing email it is the closest thing to the Blackberry experience yet. Maybe RIM is actually worried that the competition is getting real, and the value of the middleware is diminishing?

  • al

    If they wanted to TM the word “black” they could have. Truth is BlackJack is stellar, and with Exchange SP2 pushing email it is the closest thing to the Blackberry experience yet. Maybe RIM is actually worried that the competition is getting real, and the value of the middleware is diminishing?

  • http://cwhisonant.blogspot.com/ Chris Whisonant

    Al,

    If that’s the case then RIM needs to get on the ball and code some great WM5 BBConnect software!!

  • http://cwhisonant.blogspot.com Chris Whisonant

    Al,

    If that’s the case then RIM needs to get on the ball and code some great WM5 BBConnect software!!

  • The Globe and Mail

    Samsung’s device is almost identical in size, weight and look to the BlackBerry Pearl smart phone, RIM said.

    “Samsung, by wrongfully using the BlackJack mark in commerce, is tarnishing, blurring, diluting, and/or disparaging RIM’s reputation and goodwill, as well as RIM’s famous BlackBerry Marks,” RIM said in its court filing.

  • The Globe and Mail

    Samsung’s device is almost identical in size, weight and look to the BlackBerry Pearl smart phone, RIM said.

    “Samsung, by wrongfully using the BlackJack mark in commerce, is tarnishing, blurring, diluting, and/or disparaging RIM’s reputation and goodwill, as well as RIM’s famous BlackBerry Marks,” RIM said in its court filing.

  • jg10005@gmail.com

    I understand that the law firm representing RIM in this case is collecting stories from people who experienced or know about any type of confusion between BlackJack and BlackBerry. Anyone with examples or other information can email jg10005@gmail.com.

  • jg10005@gmail.com

    I understand that the law firm representing RIM in this case is collecting stories from people who experienced or know about any type of confusion between BlackJack and BlackBerry. Anyone with examples or other information can email jg10005@gmail.com.

  • http://www.mobileelectronicstechnology.com/ Mobile Technology Rx

    If your looking for a phone that can access email, easily send text messages, play music, watch video, access the internet, or use it as a modem for your laptop. Buy the Blackjack!

  • http://www.mobileelectronicstechnology.com Mobile Technology Rx

    If your looking for a phone that can access email, easily send text messages, play music, watch video, access the internet, or use it as a modem for your laptop. Buy the Blackjack!

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