Microsoft responds to Office Live lawsuit

By Justin Mann on February 23, 2007, 6:35 PM
In response to the lawsuit filed against them from Office Live, Jack Evans, a spokesperson for Microsoft, has issued a statement. Loosely, they claim that they do not view Office Live's trademark as such and do not feel they are infringing on any rights. They brought up examples of other uses of the term “Live” as a way to describe a product, but not necessarily as a trademark.

We told Office Live LLC as much when they first contacted us a year ago. We detailed other common uses of “live” as a descriptor, citing examples such as “AOL Live,” “Vodaphone Live,” “XBOX Live,” and “WTP Live.” We also pointed out that we’ve used Office Live Meeting since 2003 to promote our online meeting technology and services.
You can read the full statement in the comments section.




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Soul Harvester said:
Statement as of Feb. 21, 2007: (You may attribute this to Jack Evans, spokesperson)Microsoft is using common words in a common way and pairs them with its very famous “Microsoft” mark. We don't think Office Live LLC has a trademark, or that we are infringing any rights asserted by Office Live LLC. Now that the complaint has been served, we will vigorously defend our legal position. We also will seek to invalidate Office Live LLC’s claim to trademark the phrase “Office Live” in its common connotation.We told Office Live LLC as much when they first contacted us a year ago. We detailed other common uses of “live” as a descriptor, citing examples such as “AOL Live,” “Vodaphone Live,” “XBOX Live,” and “WTP Live.” We also pointed out that we’ve used Office Live Meeting since 2003 to promote our online meeting technology and services. Clearly, if anyone is seeking to gain from the name of another company’s products, it’s the plaintiffs in this case. Microsoft Office has been in the marketplace substantially longer than any of plaintiffs’ product offerings.
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