Gag Gift Maker Says Microsoft Ripped Off Ads

Law360, New York (July 12, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT) -- Cellrderm LLC sued Microsoft Corp. in Florida federal court Monday, alleging the software company and its advertising agency copied two of the novelty gift maker's commercials in designing ads for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system.

The complaint alleges that Microsoft and ad agency Crispin Porter & Bogusky LLC co-opted a pair of commercials filmed to promote Cell-R-Derm QT, a gag gift that purportedly combats cell phone “addiction.”

The Boca Raton, Fla.-based Cellrderm produced two commercials, “In the Bathroom” and “In the Bedroom,” that were released on YouTube in September and October 2009, respectively, according to the suit.

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