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Friday, February 25, 2011

Motorola sued on Xoom tablet name


Xoom Corp, an online money-transfer company, sued Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc for trademark infringement after Motorola named its new tablet computer the Xoom.

Xoom, based in San Francisco, said it has been offering its online service since 2003 and registered the trademark for the name in 2004, according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in San Francisco.

"To confuse and mislead consumers, Motorola without authorization deliberately and unlawfully appropriated Xoom's trade name and trademark rights," the company said in the complaint.

Motorola, based in Libertyville, Illinois, put its Xoom tablet computer on sale today in the US through Verizon Wireless to compete with Apple Inc's iPad. The Xoom runs on Google Inc's Android Honeycomb software. Xoom.com allows users to transmit money through the website to more than 30 countries.

The case is Xoom Corp v Motorola Trademark Holdings LLC, 11-0848, US District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).