Copyright infringement and trademark infringement on the internet is rampant. But infringement comes with risk. Defendant Silver Start learned the hard way that infringing Microsoft's intellectual property can result in substantial damage awards. Our internet attorneys examine this important case.
In 2006, Microsoft Corp. brought suit in the Northern District of Georgia against Silver Star Micro, Inc., and its principal, Chase Campbell, for trademark and copyright infringement. On Jan. 6, Judge William Duffey, Jr., granted in large part Microsoft’s motion for summary judgment and imposed a permanent injunction against the defendants.
The court awarded Microsoft $30,000 for each of the nine copyrights infringed, plus $25,000 for each of the four trademarks infringed, for total of $370,000. The court also found this was an “exceptional” case under the Lanham Act, entitling Microsoft to an award of its attorneys’ fees and costs.
Finally, the court entered a permanent injunction against the defendants, enjoining them from copying, selling, or making any other infringing use of Microsoft products.