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Motorola has settled a trademark lawsuit in the US over the name "Xoom", and will "phase out" its use on a Googlerola fondleslab. The Google-owned mobile device maker was sued by online payment provider Xoom Corporation on the day a tablet bearing the name Xoom was launched back in 2011 and settled the case in a confidential …

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  1. Thomas 4
    IT Angle

    Wait wait

    Two IT companies reaching a sensible agreement and moving on instead of suing each other into oblivion?

    I'm so confused. This isn't how tech companies operate.

    1. wowfood

      Re: Wait wait

      Maybe part of the deal was Google 'buying out' Xoom.

  2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    I'm guessing one side or the other finally got around to searching the interwebs and realised that spelling Zoom with an X in a company or product name is not really all that unique so the 4 letters in that order are not a trademark. The typeface, colours and other graphical nuance are what make it a trademark.

    And since a mobile phone is unlikely to be mistaken for a moneylender, there's little likelihood of confusing a Xoom phone with most or all of the other "Xooms" out there in the world.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Trademarks are only valid if they are defended, if you don't defend or use your trademark then it becomes invalid.

      I'd say Xoom is a lot more "unique" than Windows, Boots, Galaxy (choc and phone).

  3. Captain Scarlet Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    Xoom

    Hmm I remember Xoom.com as a really old free web host.

    I feel really old now :(

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