Artemis Solutions Group (ASG), a global leader in Smart Card and Biometric security solutions announced today that they have filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, Inc., and the newly formed division, Microsoft IP Ventures alleging willful and deliberate Trademark Infringement, Trademark Dilution and Unfair Competition with regard to the registered word trademark owned by ASG - BIOCERT - U.S. Registration No. 2,817,357. ASG represents this mark in commerce on its products as BioCert®.
FREELAND, WA (PRWEB) July 13, 2005 -- Artemis Solutions Group (ASG) (www.artemis-usa.com), a
global leader in Smart Card and Biometric security solutions announced today
that it has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, Inc., and the newly formed
division, Microsoft IP Ventures (MSIPV) alleging willful and deliberate
Trademark Infringement, Trademark Dilution and Unfair Competition with regard to
the registered word trademark owned by ASG - BIOCERT - U.S. Registration No.
ASG represents this mark in commerce on its products as BioCert® as represented as BioCert with both the B and C capitalized.
ASG has used their registered trademark BioCert® to develop, design and market a series of products that incorporate both smart card and biometric identification and verification functionality for over 4 years. Biometric and Smart Card technology marketplaces are growing rapidly globally and currently, biometric and smart card products such as the ones marketed under the BioCert® label are being adopted by individuals, companies and governments world-wide.
ASG's Law Firm, Baldwin & Baldwin, filed a complaint (2-05CV-313) on their behalf in the United States Federal District Court of the Eastern District of Texas outlining the details of these violation(s) of Federal Law including the Lanham Act - Title 15 U.S.C.
The Lanham Act is a US Federal Law protecting the rights of trademark owners against misappropriation of their intellectual trademark property.
"At a gathering of venture capitalists today, Microsoft Corp. announced Microsoft Intellectual Property (IP) Ventures, a new program aimed at entrepreneurs and small businesses that will speed the movement of innovative technology into the global market. Microsoft IP Ventures opens up hundreds of internally developed technologies to entrepreneurs and new businesses by licensing and spinning out Microsoft's innovations to facilitate new product and business development." Microsoft Press Release - May 5, 2005
ASG's complaint against Microsoft and MSIPV is requesting a speedy hearing by the US District Court, a permanent injunction against further use by Microsoft and redress for damages, penalties and attorney's fees.
ASG markets a range of computer, software and consumer products under its properly registered and owned trademark BioCert® through a network of domestic and international resellers and extensively on the Internet at the following websites:
www.biometriq.com - International Design, Sales and Distribution
Press contacts should be directed to:
Artemis Solutions Group
PO Box 403 Freeland, WA 98249
Baldwin & Baldwin
400 West Houston
Marshall, TX 75670
Microsoft® and Microsoft IP Ventures™ are registered and unregistered trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation. No statement of claim is made to these marks by Artemis Solutions Group.
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