Motorola Sued Over the Use of Xoom Trademark

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sandmannc40

No matter what they wind up calling it, I want a XOOM!!!

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sandmannc40

No matter what they wind up calling it, I want a XOOM!!!

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sandmannc40

No matter what they wind up calling it, I want a XOOM!!!

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sandmannc40

No matter what they wind up calling it, I want a XOOM!!!

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violian

The first thing that has already done damage to Xoom Corp is when people google "Xoom" - I'm assuming that there were no other products or services named "Xoom" before the introduction of the Motorola Xoom. If this is the case, before, when people googled "Xoom", the search results would've put the Xoom Corp on the top of the results list. Now, I'm sure if you googled "Xoom", it would be a bunch of Motorola Xoom results.

In this retrospect, since the Motorola Xoom is powered and backed by Google, Google could agree with the Xoom Corp that they'd keep the company at the top of the list when people google for "Xoom". This is a win-win because before, for the people who never knew about Xoom Corp, when they google "Xoom", they'd be aware of a said company named "Xoom Corp". Because of people's interest in the Motorola Xoom, people now will also know more about Xoom Corp - potentially enabling Xoom to get new clients (additional revenue) that they never might have gotten.

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Brdn666

www.xoom.com is the first result on Google if you search for "xoom". 

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tkid124

So MaxPC first reported on the Xoom 12/30/2010, they field the law suit on 2/23/2011.

Now I do not expect them to be paying supper close attention, but the idea that they only got the lawsuit out 1 day before the launch is kinda fuzzy.

Xoom Corp is a company I have heard of in the past, I knew they were involved with online money, I thought they were a conversion site for difrent currency, more than a send money from point A to point B. None the less they are not small in the finance industry, and should take action to protect their name. They should also do so in a timly manner, like after the name was all over tech sites after the tablets CES 2011 debute on 1/5, being called "Best of CES" by CNET. Then there is also this thing called a Super Bowl, it took place on 2/6, Motorola had an ad for the Zoom on it, so Xoom Corp is either saying

1. They missed all of this press     or

2. They waitied to file their lawsuit to try and get a payoff by making it so close to the launch date

All in all they both deal with computers, but the big question is are they simmilar enough to confuse coustomers into thinking they are related?

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Keith E. Whisman

Well we don't know what's been going on behind the scenes before the lawsuit went public. Usually notices of infringement and demands will be made in writing several times along with licensing offers and threats of lawsuits. After that goes unanswered or otherwise ignored the injured party starts a lawsuit. In court the injured party is able to show that they made every effort to avoid court and only after several attempts to come to some sort of agreement has failed did they go to court. 

Thats how it works. I know that is how it usuaully works because that is what the Monster Cable lawsuit taught us. The injured party posted details about the whole case and how they tried to avoid court. I imagine the same thing here.

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DigitalNogi

To that money transfer whatever firm:

Considering I've never heard of you until now I can assure you I will not assume you endorse this product. However, now that I think about it I think this lawsuit is good publicity because now I have heard of you but guess what: I still don't care. 

Love,

Anthony

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Ghok

Ha.

What you're missing is that Xoom was the name of a free webspace provider in the 90s. This Xoom aquired the rights to that name, despite not being in the same industry. So you can see some of their motivation there.

Honestly, I have no real interest in this new Xoom product, and everytime I see you guys report it I just think of the free hosting site.

Maybe they should change the name of the tablet to Angelfire.

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crossrh

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers".   The Hard Bard

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fuddco

Like it or not the name was previously owned,I'm surprised the lawyers didn't do a search before Motorola greenlighted the naming of their tablet.

Also try to use the word xoom for profit/business after all this is settled and I guarentee  Motorola will slap you with a "friviolous" lawsuit.

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aarcane

Probably be cheapest to just BUY this unheard of xoom corp and put them out of their misery.  After attacking such companies as Google and Motorola with a frivolous lawsuit, they'll have NO industry credibility, and will slowly wither and die anyway, even if they win.  Add to that their clearly fraudulent practices, and the fact that Xoom is in fact a moderately common word (Mis-spelling of Zoom), this newly found company is just poised to make a laughing stock of themselves.

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Wingzero_x

Where is this frivolous? Since when is Xoom a common word, even mispelled? It's not! This company was here first and they have the name. If Google and Motorola are too lazy to do a simple web search to see what might be out there then they deseve to be sued. By the way they have to sue, to keep industry credibility. The same as Google would have to do if somebody wanted to name a product "Google". BTW what fruadulent practices? Providing a service? Did you know they were cited as having the highest consumer satifaction ratings in 2010? Seriously Google/Motorola F'd up!

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keithfreitag

does apple own xoom money transfers? That's the only reason I see xoom money transfer wanting to halt sales until after a trial is held.  I guess Motorola should just change the name to the Motorola Paypal.... Oh wait, nevermind.

 

Keith

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Keith E. Whisman

I was thinking that Apple may have approached several companies that may have possible patent or trademark issues with Motorola and tried to sell them on the idea of suing Motorola. Apple isn't involved in the suits but Apple wins if shipments get halted because that means more customers will drift to the Ipad. That's the type of game I would try if I were Apple. 

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Keith E. Whisman

There is an Apple connection here somewhere, I just know it.

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Neufeldt2002

Never heard of Xoom Corp. So I can see how they are losing my money.