April 20, 2012

Microsoft Corporation Sues D & A LLC for Copyright and Trademark Infringement Unauthorized Installations of Windows XP

Indianapolis; IN - Trademark and copyright attorneys for Microsoft Corporation of Redmond, Washington filed a copyright and trademark infringement suit in alleging D & A LLC d/b/a/ Asset Recovery and Recycling and David B. Bell of Indianapolis, Indiana infringed trademarks 1256083, 1200236, 1872264 and 2744843 registered by the US Trademark Office. The complaint also makes copyright infringement, false designation of origin, false description and representation, and unfair competition.

The complaint alleges that D&A markets, sells, and distributes computer hardware and software, including Microsoft products. The complaint states that D&A sells computers, which it advertises have Microsoft software pre-installed. Microsoft alleges that the Microsoft software on the computers D&A sells are infringing copies. The complaint states that a Microsoft investigator purchased computers with unauthorized copies of Windows XP from D&A on three occasions in 2011. The unlicensed software contains Microsoft trademarksmicrosoft.bmp and copyrighted works. Microsoft is seeking a declaration of infringement, an injunction, an accounting, an order impounding counterfeit copies of Microsoft software, damages, costs and attorney fees.

Practice Tip: Microsoft has named David Bell personally, the owner of D & B, as a defendant, alleging that he participated in and had a right to control the wrongful conduct. A corporate officer, director or shareholder is, as a general matter, personally liable for all torts which she authorizes or directs or in which she participates, even if she acted as an agent of the corporation and not on her own behalf.

This case has been assigned to Judge Sarah Evans Barkerand Magistrate Judge Tim A. Bakerin the Southern District of Indianaand assigned Case No. 1:12-cv-446.

Further Information about the case is as follows:

Complaint-Microsoft Corporation v D And A LLC