Zoom is suing unified communications and collaboration competitor RingCentral for allegedly continuing to use its trademarks after a years-long partnership, according to a heavily redacted lawsuits and news reports.
According to heavily redacted complaint, filed March 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the two companies had been in a partnership over the last seven-plus years in which Zoom provides its videoconferencing services for RingCentral to resell under its own RingCentral Meetings brand.
However, that agreement was amended along the way – the lawsuit suggests there was tipping point in 2020, which was a very successful year for Zoom as the company dominated the videoconferencing market that became a business necessity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Zoom’s complaint, RingCentral continued to market and resell Zoom’s products and services to new customers and to use Zoom’s trademarks in that effort, including a “Powered by Zoom” watermark on the display of its RingCentral meetings product.
However, RingCentral has told customers that it will be transitioning its customers on the Zoom-powered RingCentral meetings to a non-zoom product, RingCentral Video, to improve the quality of the product.