Ram Owner May Be Liable In Microsoft IP Suit: Judge

By Erin Fuchs (December 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal judge has denied most of Microsoft Corp.'s bid for summary judgment in a case claiming Ram Distribution LLC sold counterfeit Microsoft items purchased on the gray market, though the judge did rule in favor of the software giant on Ram's owner's potential liability for the alleged violations.

On Tuesday, Judge J.P. Stadtmueller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin denied Microsoft's motion for summary judgment on the issues of trademark and copyright infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition, as well as the company's plea for court costs and a permanent injunction.

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