Dell Inc. Sues Web Designer Named Paul Dell
February 18, 2006 2:37 AM
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The computer company allegedly offered to purchase the site from Mr. Dell several years ago, but the deal was never completed
Paul Dell, owner of DellWebSites.com, an online web site design service, is
being targeted by the online PC vendor Dell
. Dell is allegedly committing "an act of parasitism" and creates "a risk of confusion" for consumers, according to Dell attorneys. Dell is being sued for $120,000 in damages to Dell America, $60,000 to Dell France, each remaining Dell company $48,000 and $600 for each time the word Dell is used on his web site.
(Paul) Dell is going to fight the charges in court, but it is obvious that his legal battle with the company will most likely be shortlived. Several years ago a similar case occurred when Mike Rowe was served cease and desist letters for
We have been informed that the computer company Dell never made an offer to purchase the domain from Paul Dell.
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Let's get this straight.
2/18/2006 12:52:49 PM
The only reason Dell is allowed to sue DellWebSites.com is because of trademark laws. Dell owns the trademark for the name "Dell" when regarding computer related business. Since DellWebSites consists of the name Dell, then it is trademark infringement. Also, since DellWebSites.com was established first supposibly - it is the owner's own fault. He had the ability to trademark his name thus protecting him from such legal problems but chose not to. Anyone can apply for a trademark. Now, about Big Company VS Small Company - if DellWebSites.com would've been trademarked before Dell was established - the small company would win; however, since this is not the case - the big company will most likely win. I say someone mention McDonalds vs McAllen... the only resemblence the name has is the Mc so it's almost common sense it wouldn't hold up in court.
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