Microsoft Sued Over 'Office Live' Trademark

Online Media company, Office Live LCC sues Microsoft for using its 'Office Live' trademark.

Office Live LCC, an online media company that provides consumers with professional information, web-enabled marketing and virtual office services has sued Microsoft for trademark patent infringement. The media company is seeking to prevent Microsoft from copying and using its federally registered 'Office Live' service mark.

The media company had obtained a federal registration on the Trademark in 2002 but it has been using the trademark 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 immediately filed a lawsuit on December 29, 2006 in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. It agreed to withhold service of the lawsuit for a brief period to allow the parties to pursue settlement negotiations. Now settlement talks have proved unsuccessful, prompting it to pursue the case against Microsoft.

Office Live's CEO, Lenny Targon said, "Microsoft seems to think that it can do whatever it wants just because we are a much smaller company. It is shocking that Microsoft would have so little regard for another company's intellectual property rights that it would select a name belonging to another company. Online software may be the next big thing, but Microsoft has no right to use our trademark without permission."

The lawsuit seeks both monetary relief and an injunction preventing Microsoft from continuing to use the 'Office Live' name.

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