Microsoft settles lawsuit against software reseller

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Microsoft Corp. on Nov. 26 announced it has settled a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit filed against Able Computer Systems, a computer system builder and reseller of computer software, and principals Chunwan Lai and Dershaiun Lai of Kirkland, Wash.

The suit was filed in July in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Washington. In the lawsuit, Microsoft alleged that Able Computer Systems distributed counterfeit copies of Microsoft software products including the Windows 95 operating system, Office 97 Professional Edition and various Microsoft hardware products.

In the settlement, Able agreed to pay Microsoft $50,000 and notify customers who have received any Microsoft software or hardware that they may have received counterfeit product and should contact Able or the Microsoft anti-piracy hot line for possible replacement.

Copyright November 1997, Crain Communications Inc.

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