Basis takes legal action against RIM over trademarked ‘BBX’ usage

Basis International has taken swift legal action to “preserve and protect their longstanding ownership of the BBx trademarked operating system independent language, database, and toolset.”

Research In Motion’s press release announcing a new BlackBerry operating system (OS) named “BBX” is causing great confusion for the worldwide Basiscommunity and could potentially harm Basis’ reputation for enabling cross-platform application development.

“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,” said Basis Chairman and CEO Nico Spence. “We are fielding numerous customer inquiries voicing their confusion about the RIM announcement.”

“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,” Nico added.

Basis is a global software company.