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Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains answers to a number of questions that are commonly raised about appropriate use of RIM Trademarks.

RIM Trademarks symbolize RIM’s reputation and goodwill and serve to identify and distinguish its technologies, products, and services from those of others.  RIM must ensure that third parties do not use RIM Trademarks in such a manner as to confuse consumers into believing such third parties are affiliated or endorsed by RIM. Thus, use of RIM Trademarks by third parties is not generally permitted except through express written RIM authorization, and otherwise set out in the Public Guidelines for Use of RIM Trademarks.

  • 2. How do I properly indicate ownership of RIM Trademarks?
    Any use of a RIM Trademark must be accompanied by a statement indicating ownership of the Trademark by Research In Motion Limited. Please refer to the RIM Trademark List and Public Guidelines for Use of RIM Trademarks. for guidance on specific RIM trademarks and the form of the trademark ownership statement. This list is updated regularly.
  • 3. My company has a service/product that enhances performance and functionality of the BlackBerry experience. Does RIM partner with companies who have products/services related to RIM’s products services? Does RIM allow use of its trademarks with such products/services?
    RIM is always eager to partner with other companies to develop and sell products and services that give BlackBerry users added performance and functionality. Through programs, such as the BlackBerry Alliance Program, partners get the tools and support from RIM to help develop their robust and innovative solutions for BlackBerry smartphones and wireless solutions. RIM Partners are given limited permission to use the RIM Trademarks and Logos, thereby increasing visibility among BlackBerry users and wireless carriers and driving breadth and depth in their customer base.

    Generally, RIM will partner with companies that have a strong market position with a proven product/service which adds performance and functionality to the BlackBerry experience with established distribution channels and customer satisfaction.

    If you have a product or service that enhances the BlackBerry experience, are interested in applying to partner with RIM, please visit (www.na.blackberry.com/partners/).
  • 4. Can I use a RIM Trademark within the name of my company, product, service or domain name?
    No. Some of the RIM Trademarks are listed on the RIM Trademark List. These Trademarks symbolize RIM’s reputation and goodwill and serve to identify and distinguish its technologies, products, and services from those of others. Consumers expect that products, software or services bearing a RIM Trademark are manufactured or controlled by RIM and are thus of a certain consistent and high quality. To maintain the distinctiveness of RIM’s Trademarks as representing RIM’s devices, software and services, RIM must ensure that third parties do not use RIM Trademarks in such a manner as to confuse consumers into believing there is an affiliation to RIM or endorsement by RIM, when in fact there is none. Thus, use of RIM Trademarks by third parties as part of their company name or domain name is not permitted. Other use is not generally permitted except through express authorization, such as through the Alliance Program and otherwise set out in the Public Guidelines for Use of RIM Trademarks and the Guidelines for Use of RIM Logos & Imagery.
  • 5. How may I use a RIM Trademark to indicate that my product is compatible with a RIM product or service?
    Please refer to the Public Guidelines for a complete answer. The table below provides examples of ‘unacceptable’ and ‘acceptable’ uses of RIM Trademarks to refer to your product or service. This list is merely for your guidance, and should not be considered to be an all-inclusive list.
Acceptable Unacceptable
[Your Product/Service Name] for use with BlackBerry® smartphones BlackBerry [Your Product/Service Name]
[Your Product/Service Name] works with BlackBerry® smartphones BlackBerry’s [Your Product/Service Name]
[Your Product/Service Name] for the BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution [Your Product/Service Name]berry
[Your Product/Service Name] for the BlackBerry® wireless solution [Your Product/Service Name] BlackBerry
  [Your Product/Service Name] BlackBerry
  BlackBerry [Your Product/Service Name]
  • 6. Can I make a complaint that an app on the BlackBerry App World™ storefront is infringing my intellectual property?
    All complaints must be clearly stated in writing and can be sent to legal@rim.com. Please use the subject line 'BLACKBERRY APP WORLD COMPLAINT' and clearly identify (a) the app in dispute and (b) your IP rights including particulars of any IP registrations.

Specific Inquiries

If you have any specific inquiries about RIM Trademarks, please contact brand@rim.com.