Microsoft Tries To Smother Pillow Company
from the let's-try-that-again dept
aNonMooseCowherd writes in with the latest in Microsoft’s overeager trademark lawyers. Not content to sue 17-year-old kids for creating similar sounding domain names, they’re also upset with an Australian pillow and quilt maker who happens to hold the trademark on “Microsoft”, as the term is used in a couple of the quilts that they sell – as in: “Our exclusive new non allergenic and thoroughly hygienic Polyester Fibre “Microsoft” ensures a luxurious nights sleep.” You can understand a bit more why Microsoft’s lawyers aren’t thrilled about this one – especially since the company has only been using the name for a bit over a decade. However, it’s extremely unlikely that anyone is going to see this quilt and assume it was somehow made by the folks in Redmond (though, can’t you just picture Bill and Steve and the gang sitting around in a quilting circle?). Once again, the point of trademark law isn’t to give you a monopoly over a word, but to ensure that there isn’t confusion in the marketplace.