Integration software maker Tibco Software has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Apple Computer, charging that Apple's Rendezvous networking software violates Tibco's trademark on its own Rendezvous messaging software.
Apple's Rendezvous technology, introduced in 2002, allows networked devices to connect automatically, easing interoperability and data transfer.
Tibco has used the Rendezvous name since 1994 for several of its technology products, and its most recent piece of Rendezvous software, released in 2000, is a tool for developers which enables applications on a network to share data.
Tibco contacted Apple last year to express its concerns about the identically named products, according to Tibco spokesman Bob Berger. Those discussions were unproductive, prompting Tibco to file the lawsuit.
The company is asking the court to make Apple rename its software. Tibco is also seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages fees.
Apple did not return calls seeking comment.
Stacy Cowley writes for IDG News Service