RIM Files Suits To "Berry" Rivals Over Trademarks

Law360, New York (November 15, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- Already embroiled in an escalating patent dispute over BlackBerry, Research In Motion is going after two small companies that RIM claims infringed its trademark for the popular handheld device.

RIM has filed two lawsuits claiming that BackOffice Associates and Sakar International Inc. willfully infringed its trademark by using names and symbols that mimic the BlackBerry mark.

Massachusetts based BackOffice operates a software division called CranBerry Technologies Inc.

In its lawsuit against the company, RIM claims that the appellation confuses consumers.

“BackOffice’s ongoing, unauthorized use of CranBerry...
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