French Man Attacks Microsoft Over Vista Name

Microsoft has been attacked for its use of the Vista name by a French man, who claims to have registered the word as the name for a new TV channel. Philippe Gildas says he registered the trademark Vista in the autumn of 2003, and has lodged an official complaint with Microsoft. It was intended to […]

Microsoft has been attacked for its use of the Vista name by a French man, who claims to have registered the word as the name for a new TV channel.

Philippe Gildas says he registered the trademark Vista in the autumn of 2003, and has lodged an official complaint with Microsoft. It was intended to be the name of a number of media outlets aimed at the 'older citizen'.

According to French website PC Inpact, Gildas is after either an amicable settlement or will be looking to push for a lawsuit.

"I deposited the mark with the autumn 2003 in all the fields of the intellectual property of 'entertainment', and of the media: out of press, in TV, on the Web, etc. Indeed, my chain 'Vista', that I launch on CanalSat and all the cablo-operators on November 15, is not a project left the hat," he said. "One had already tried the blow four years ago. That loupe because we were not ready, but we had deposited the name."

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Microsoft, Windows Vista