Microsoft has admitted it may have made a mistake in threatening Mike Rowe for using his web site, mikerowesoft.com. Rowe, a student from Vancouver, registered mikerowesoft.com to front his part-time Web site design business in August 2003. Three months later he was emailed by Microsoft’s lawyers asking him to transfer the domain name to Microsoft. They offered to pay him a “settlement” of $10 (5), which is the cost of his original registration fee. However, after the case received widespread publicity on the Internet, Microsoft has admitted it may have taken things too far and has promised to treat Rowe fairly and admitted that his website name was a “creative domain name”. However, and on a serious note, Microsoft lawyers were undoubtedly right in taking the matter seriously against a name which could have possible confusion with its own trade marks.
See : http://news.zdnet.co.uk/business/legal/0,39020651,39119214,00.htm