Monday, February 26, 2007

Office Live, LLC Sues Microsoft for Federal Trademark Infringement

Office Live, LLC announced today that it is proceeding with litigation against Microsoft Corporation seeking to prevent Microsoft from intentionally infringing upon and deliberately copying and using its federally registered "Office Live" service mark.

Office Live obtained a federal registration on the "Office Live" mark in 2002. It has used the "Office Live" mark since early 2001.

In late October 2006, Microsoft announced that it planned to begin offering online "productivity tools" targeted at small businesses under the name "Office Live" to paid subscribers, as well as a free, ad-sponsored version.

Office Live, LLC brought suit on December 29, 2006 in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, styled Office Live, LLC v. Microsoft Corp., Case No. CV06-8297 GK (FMOx). It agreed to withhold service of the lawsuit for a brief period to allow the parties to pursue settlement negotiations. When these settlement talks proved unsuccessful, Office Live served Microsoft with its lawsuit on February 16, 2007.

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