When Motorola first introduced its Xoom tablet, some folks were worried the handset maker might find itself in a trademark feud with the San Francisco-based money transfer company Xoom Corporation. Those concerns were well founded, as Xoom Corp. has apparently sued Motorola
over the name of its new slate.
"To confuse and mislead consumers, Motorola without authorization deliberately and unlawfully appropriated Xoom's trade name and trademark rights," said Xoom Corp. The company was founded in 2001, registered the Xoom.com domain in 2003 and registered a trademark for Xoom on December 14, 2004.
In addition to trademark infringement, Motorola is being sued for false designation of origin, unfair competition, unfair business practices, false advertising, and more. Along with damages, Xoom Corp. is seeking a preliminary injunction against Motorola and it wants the phone giant to abandon the Xoom name.
The suit comes only days after Motorola's device launched through Verizon
for $600 with a two-year contract. Features include Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), a 10.1-inch 1280x800 display, a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, front and rear cameras, and 10 hours of juice when browsing over Wi-Fi.