Motorola sued over Xoom name

By Matthew · 12 replies
Feb 28, 2011
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  1. 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.

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  2. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    They'll lose. You can only trademark a name and a lawsuit can only be successful when the two products can be easily confused. This would be like confusing a mac with a good computer.

    (sorry, had to do it :p)
  3. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Who's confused? I had no idea this other Xoom company even existed.
  4. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Seriously. Did some buyer walk into verizon asking to purchase a money transfer company?
  5. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    Oh, snap!

    Yeah, payment services and a tablet have very little cross-over. Heck, the tablet Xoom may end up giving Xoom Corp. some free publicity (lawsuit aside).
  6. TrekExpert

    TrekExpert TS Enthusiast Posts: 104

    Agreed. I don't think anyone is stupid enough to the get a tablet mixed up with a money transferring service.
  7. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    Who the heck uses Xoom for money transfer?
  8. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    How were they supposed to know. I had never heard of Xoom
  9. bimboy56

    bimboy56 TS Rookie

    I thought it's two words to make up one? "Motorola Xoom". Unless they named it just Xoom, then oh well. LOL :p Just being non sense :p
  10. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 367   +46

    Damn you Motorola, you made me think that you were releasing a tablet version for money transfer. Oh the horror.
  11. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Hi Xoom corp, It's actually Motorola Xo0m, honest...
  12. taimuraly

    taimuraly TS Booster Posts: 113

    LMAO so they just released this, the Motorola Xoom has been in the news for a long time. Besides the name, they are also suing Motorola for false designation of origin, unfair competition, unfair business practices, false advertising, and more.... Lol

    Here's my view on some of those allegations,
    False designation of origin - I am sure there are more people who know Motorola than this company, Motorola is surely more globally then their company plus why would Motorola want people to think that the tablet is from a money transferring company and not from a well established multinational, telecommunications company.

    Unfair competition - ............. don't see it (seriously don't know how they came up to this assumption). Maybe they mean that people think that because the tablet is associated with Xoom Corp, buying the Motorola Xoom Tablet would give them insight and edge over making financial decisions therefore giving Motorola an unfair advantage over other tablets.

    False advertising - Motorola show their product, their Motorola Xoom tablet and nothing about money transferring in their ads. Don't remember any ad where their Motorola Xoom tablet is in a San Francisco-based money transfer company lol

    If I was Motorola I would countersue Xoom Corp for trying to associate their company with my anticipated and well-known product (false designation of origin) and getting free publicity and competitive edge over their rivals (unfair competition, unfair business practices, false advertising -think they can all fit here =P)
  13. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

    Nice and easy way to earn publicity and :)

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