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Motorola XOOM Tablet Facing Trademark Battle

If you carry a search for XOOM, it is likely that you will encounter XOOM corporation, an online payment company first, rather than Motorola's XOOM tablet.

It is not surprising therefore that the company has filed a trademark suit (opens in new tab) with the US District Court for the Northern District of California against "Motorola Mobility and affiliated legal entities" as mentioned by FOSS patents (opens in new tab).

The company is asking for the court to issue a permanent injunction but also a "temporary restraining order and/or preliminary injunction".

The alleged trademark infringement is described as Xoom corporation as being "willful and intentional conduct" prompting the complaining party to request "treble damages".

Unlike other patent trolls however, Xoom Corporation is a well established company with some significant backers - having received $53 million in venture funds since 2007 - and is represented by Morgan Lewis, which is also a well known reputable law firm.

Whether Xoom launched the legal battle with Motorola on the eve of the launch is something deliberate or pure coincidence, we're not sure about that.

However, Motorola is unlikely to get away from it with a tacit, amicable, money-driven agreement even if users are unlikely to confuse between XOOM the tablet and XOOM the money changer.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.