Another day, another corporate lawsuit. Turns out, Research In Motion evidently disregarded or were unaware (doubtful) that BASIS International owns the rights to ‘BBX’. Here’s what the official press release announcing the suit details:
BASIS Chairman and CEO, Nico Spence, said, “We have thousands of product licenses installed worldwide with the ‘BBX’ prefix that run on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and other proprietary UNIX OSs from IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and SUN, with mobile clients running Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows Mobile. We are fielding numerous customer inquiries voicing their confusion about the RIM announcement.”
Spence adds, “Ironically, BASIS’ BBx may aid RIM in its quest to grab a share of the application market for mobile devices in that any application created with BASIS’ BBx for the Android or iOS mobile devices will also run on BlackBerry products.”
What will happen here is RIM will likely pay up or change the name. Hardly think RIM will give it up, so we should expect to see a settlement reached later on. Nonetheless, things like this seemingly happen a lot. What do you think of the BBX name, like it?