The legal battles continue for RIM. The Globe and Mail is reporting that a Canadian company, BBM Group, is suing RIM over them using the BBM name. I don’t remember when RIM started simply calling BlackBerry Messenger BBM but it is a relatively new thing. On the other hand BBM Canada, a broadcast industry group, decided to sue RIM after attempts to negotiate with RIM failed. They tried to get RIM to pay for them to rebrand their groups name which has been around for awhile and they claim they own the trademark on BBM in both the US and Canada which they have used for six decades.
I am not sure where the confusion would come from between a instant messaging platform and a industry group that collects statistics on television and radio industries. That is usually the basis of trademark claims since they are issued for certain industries. For example, supermarkets are allowed to sell apple pie. 🙂 Still I am not an intellectual property expert. Only time will tell how this drama will unfold.