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SMARTPHONE MAKER Motorola has quietly settled a trademark infringement lawsuit with Xoom Corporation, saying it will phase out its Xoom tablet brand.
Way back in February 2011, electronic money transfer firm Xoom Corporation sued Motorola over the 'Xoom' name of its Android tablets.
We don't know whether Motorola wasn't aware of the company or thought that its use of the Xoom name wouldn't conflict with the trademark, despite Xoom Corporation owning the Xoom.com domain, but it looks like the firm has has decided to cut its losses having settled the case out of court.
Motorola confirmed news of the settlement in a vague statement, with a spokesperson saying, "The matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the parties involved."
No details about the settlement terms have been made available so we don't know how much cash the firm handed over, but Motorola has said that it will 'phase out' its use of the Xoom name.
However, given that most of us forgot that the Motorola Xoom tablet even existed, and with Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets no longer of much interest, the settlement is unlikely to hurt Motorola, even though it means it won't be able to release any more Xoom tablets.
Given the firm's marketing push for its new Moto X smartphone, despite the handset missing out on a UK release, it's likely that any future tablets Motorola releases will fall underneath its new 'X' brand. µ
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