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Bing! Information Design Sues Microsoft Corp
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 20, 2009 - Bing! Information Design has sued Microsoft Corp. (NYSE: MSFT), alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition over Microsoft's use of Bing for its search engine.
The suit, Bing! Information Design LLC v. Microsoft Corporation, cause no. 0922-AC18341, was filed Dec. 16 in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis and asserts claims for trademark infringement, unfair competition and tortious interference with business expectancy.
Bing! Information Design is an Internet-related company that creates interactive and computer-related illustrations, designs, interactive graphics, animations, technical diagrams and related services. The St. Louis-based company has used the mark Bing! since at least 2000 and has applications pending to register the mark . Bing! uses the Internet, search engines and its Web page as its primary sources of advertising and promotion.
In 2009, Microsoft launched Bing, an Internet business that includes a visual and graphics search component. Microsoft heavily advertises and promotes the Bing search engine.
In its lawsuit, Bing! Information Design alleges that Microsoft infringed on its trademark when it started using Bing for its search engine. The plaintiff alleges that the name causes confusion with regard to the relationship between the plaintiff and the defendant, confuses the public with regard to the origin of the plaintiff's services and dilutes the value of the plaintiff's trademark. The plaintiff also claims that Microsoft knew of plaintiff's trademark rights in the name before using the mark Bing.
The suit seeks actual and punitive damages including having Microsoft pay for corrective advertising to remedy the confusion it caused.
Bing! Information Design is represented by Anthony G. Simon, John G. Simon and Stephanie H. To, all of St. Louis' The Simon Law Firm.
"For nearly 10 years my client has been using the Bing! mark," explains Anthony Simon. "My client selected this unique mark to distinguish itself in the marketplace and invested substantial time and effort promoting its business using Bing!. Microsoft's use of the identical mark and its aggressive advertising have gutted all of my client's efforts to distinguish its business and created confusion that must be remedied."
Brown Mackie College to Open New School in St. Louis Area
ST. LOUIS, MO, (PRNewswire, December 20, 2009 - Brown Mackie College has announced the addition of Brown Mackie College - St. Louis to its system of schools. Brown Mackie College - St. Louis will hold its first day of class on February 1, 2010, and will occupy approximately 35,000 square feet at #2 Soccer Park Road in Fenton, Mo. The school will begin enrolling students immediately.
"Brown Mackie College - St. Louis will offer students the curricula that complements the demand for a skilled workforce in the Greater St. Louis area," said Danny Finuf, president of the Brown Mackie College education system. "The school's curriculum and educational programs will be designed to enable students to achieve their professional and personal aspirations while making a meaningful, successful, and long-lasting contribution to the community. We are dedicated to providing educational programs that prepare students for career opportunities in their chosen profession in a competitive and rapidly changing workplace."
Brown Mackie College - St. Louis will initially offer bachelor's degree programs in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Healthcare Management, and Legal Studies; and associate's degree programs in Accounting Technology, Architectural Design & Drafting Technology, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Health Care Administration, Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Office Management, Paralegal, Pharmacy Technology, and Surgical Technology. The school will also offer diploma programs in Accounting, Business, Criminal Justice, Medical Assistant, and Paralegal Assistant.
"The unique education opportunities at our school will help students obtain the skills and knowledge needed to compete for existing and emerging occupations," says Terri Leap, newly-appointed president of Brown Mackie College - St. Louis. "We look forward to becoming a dedicated educational partner in the greater St. Louis community - a community we are proud to call home."
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