Microsoft, Schiphol, The Netherlands: Yesterday the court passed judgment on the lawsuit we took out against the Dutch company Unicaresoft Corporation B.V. This lawsuit was instigated in response to Unicaresoft's unauthorized use of Microsoft's trade name MSN in its product name and various domain names. The court found in favor of Microsoft. This means that Unicaresoft may not use the name MSNLOCK and that the domain names must be transferred to Microsoft.
We regret that this case had to come to court. In the three months prior to the hearing we corresponded extensively with Unicaresoft to urge them to drop MSNLOCK as its product name and to stop using MSN in its domain names.
MSN is our trade name and we do not want it to be used in the name of another company's product or website (weblink). This would merely sow confusion among consumers as regards ownership and association. We therefore take action as soon as we discover unauthorized use of a Microsoft trade name, as demonstrated by the countless examples we submitted to the court.
We took legal proceedings against Unicaresoft because of the use of MSNLOCK as a product name and the use of MSN in domain names. Carola Eppink, who was portrayed as the defendant by the media, was never in the frame and was not a party in the court case.
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