Microsoft wins in court against Qld firm

Microsoft wins in court against Qld firm

Summary: Microsoft Australia has won an intellectual property victory in the Federal Court against a Queensland-based business owner caught infringing on the Windows trademark.

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Microsoft Australia has won an intellectual property victory in the Federal Court against a Queensland-based business owner caught infringing on the Windows trademark.

Microsoft sued Queensland-based business owner Nathan John Short in February for selling products bearing the names "Windows Family Safety" and "Windows Supervisor" and holding registered domains for them, which the company said infringed upon its registered Windows trademark.

In the ruling issued last week, Justice Margaret Ackary Stone ordered that Short be banned from selling and advertising the infringing products, and cancel his use of domain names and products relating to "Windows Supervisor" and "Windows Family Safety" products. Short's use was ruled as being an infringement upon intellectual property owned by the Microsoft Corporation, and served to confuse customers.

Justice Stone also ordered Short to hand over all materials relating to the infringing products to Microsoft, including packaging, advertising and other documents carrying the Windows name.

Both Short and Microsoft Australia declined to comment on the matter.

Short has been ordered by the court to pay the costs of the proceedings.

Topics: Legal, Microsoft, Security, Windows

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  • I don't get it?
    If the charge was that he "infringed upon its(Microsoft's) registered Windows trademark" how was he "caught infringing on Windows patents"? Sloppy journalism or does the author really not know the difference?
    The Ref
  • Hey Ref,
    Sorry about that error. It has been corrected.

    Regards,
    Luke Hopewell
    Journalist | ZDNet Australia
    LHopewell
  • "Now look, no one is to stone anyone until I blow this whistle. *Even*...and I want to make this absolutely clear...*even* if they *do* say WINDOWS".

    Seriously, Windows is a banned word now?
    gavin.bollard