Microsoft Files Counterfeiting Lawsuit Against Digital Signage Player Firm

April 16, 2014 by Dave Haynes


A Los Angeles-area company that sells digital signage media players has a bit of a problem on its hands after software giant Microsoft filed a lawsuit this week, alleging Technovare Systems was selling PCs that had bootlegged versions of Windows running on them.

The case filed this week in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, reports the Orange County Register,  alleges (CEO) Barry Hsieh and his company Technovare Systems infringed on Microsoft trademarks and copyright by distributing PCs to run digital signs with counterfeit authenticity labels. The fake labels were used “to mask the unauthorized” copies of Microsoft software that were installed, the court documents allege.

You can download the court documents here, for a fee, if you are particularly intrigued.

I don’t know the company, but Technovare’s product page shows it sells a range of media players, including Open Pluggable (OPS), Android and embedded Linux devices.

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