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RIM steps up to block Apple 'WebKit' trademark

updated 03:50 pm EDT, Mon August 29, 2011

Engine should remain open, name may not

Research in Motion has filed an opposition motion in Canada, attempting to block an Apple trademark application for the term "WebKit," notes Patently Apple. In the short term the move will give RIM some extra time to prepare a case, the deadline being November 22nd. Apple first filed for the application in May 2010.

WebKit is the rendering engine underlying Apple's Safari browser. It is also used in Android, Chrome, webOS and some other platforms however, as the code is actually open-source, something Apple implemented in 2005. A trademark would have no impact on who could use the technology.

It might have an effect on marketing though, as only Apple would be allowed to use the WebKit name. The company could be hoping to brand the engine as an advantage of Apple products, even though its implementation is just one of several. RIM's opposition likely stems from being headquartered in Canada and using WebKit in the BlackBerry OS.




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  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

    RIM = LOL

    I just laugh these days when ever anyone says "RIM". They're just such a funny company these days.

    In other news, RIM also announced they are seeking to trademark "RIMJOB" as their next development platform.

  1. EmmEff

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

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    Yup, this will fix everything for RIM. Why the #@&^*#@*& do they bother?

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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -28

    MORE...

    _Useless Apple Trademark & pattent trolling!

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  1. facebook_Connie

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    Joined: Aug 2011

    -26

    Apple is useless technology...

    Hmmmm.... 77 Billion dollars in the bank and they try to traademark an Open-Source Technology like it's their own... AHAHAHAHAHAHAH.... To Uue it as their Advantage.... AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.... They can't come up with anything else????? LOL AHAHAHAHAHAHA... LOSERS!!!!!

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Which CEO though this one up?

    RIM is such a joke. They're still partying like it's 1999.

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