Research in Motion (RIM) has banked much of its future in the smartphone and mobile phone accessories market on the success of its upcoming operating system, which until recently carried the name BBX. The mobile manufacturer changed this name to BlackBerry 10 in response to a copyright claim, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The news source reports that Basis International, a software company from Albuquerque, New Mexico, stated that it had trademarked the BBX name, and filed a federal lawsuit in response to RIM's use of it. This litigation led to the approval of a temporary restraining order against RIM.
In the court ruling, the New Mexico federal judge claimed that although RIM and Basis International were not direct competitors, RIM pitches toward a similar market, making it unfair to use Basis' trademarked name.
RIM has not commented officially on the matter beyond its announcement of the name change, making it unclear whether or not it will stick with BlackBerry 10 or attempt to reclaim BBX as a title.
According to TechCrunch, rumors state that the first BBX-powered RIM smartphone will be named the Surfboard.