Declining offer for discussion, Microsoft Corp has filed a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit against VertexPC company in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. The Buford-based company sells PCs and other computer equipment and software.
Microsoft claims the hardware and the software merchant marketed, installed, offered and distributed unauthorized copies of the company’s software. It was conveyed to Vertex in December about the dire consequences of making and distributing infringing copies of Microsoft products.
Despite repeated warnings, Vertex PC continued to distribute an ‘investigator’ computer systems with installed unauthorized copies of Windows XP OS. This forced Microsoft to file a lawsuit. Meanwhile, Microsoft is trying to seek compensation for the damages done. It also wants VertexPC to share profits it made off its software, in addition to compensation.
No officials from VertexPC Company were around to comment on the issue. A brief history of VertexPC: VertexPC was founded in 1999 in New York and relocated to metro Atlanta in 2004. In addition to providing computer equipment, the hardware and software merchant provides consulting services to several stock trading and financial institutions. Its clients have include popular beverage company like Coca-Cola, NASA, and governmental, educational and medical institutions across the country.
This is not the first case where Microsoft has filed a lawsuit. In May, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft sued another metro Atlanta software company, Ebix, claiming copyright infringement and breach of contract in licensing Microsoft products.