BlackBerry v. BlackJack battle gets settled

How’s this for a blast from the past? I nearly forgot about this ongoing lawsuit that pitted Research in Motion against BlackJack-makers Samsung over the similarities in their smartphone titles. Well, the details are weak, but we’re happy that another case has been closed for RIM, which is always good news, as the two companies have reached a settlement. Man, their lawyers need a holiday.

Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM said in a statement that the settlement of the lawsuit it filed in December includes “immediate provisions for the protection of RIM’s valuable trademarks,” but that the companies had agreed to keep specific terms of the deal confidential.

A spokesman for Samsung at the South Korean company’s U.S. headquarters in Texas confirmed that a settlement had been reached.

RIM’s statement — which misspelled the BlackJack name with a lower case “j” — said the settlement “does include limitations on use of the Blackjack trademark, withdrawal of the trademark application for Blackjack, Cingular’s retention of common law rights in the Blackjack trademark, and certain reasonable measures to avoid confusion in the marketplace.”

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