Microsoft sues a mother of two over the name of her company
A British woman is locked in a David versus Goliath trademark battle with Microsoft with the name called Word Window, which helps children to learn. Kate McKenzie was 40 as she was away from the launch of her new product when she received a letter from the U.S. tech giant over the product’s name. McKenzie, a university lecturer, said that she is not trying to muscle in on Microsoft's market and trying to help dyslexic children learn to read. The annual turnover of Microsoft is $197.7 billion.
Kate McKenzie over the business!
McKenzie is in dispute with Microsoft over the name of her business; word Window helps children with literacy. McKenzie is a mom of two who spent four years developing the handheld tool to help children learn to read after being inspired by her son’s struggles. The tool is placed over the books that cover the lines of the text and leaves some gaps in the middle so that children can focus on particular words.
In October 2020, she filed the patent for Word Window but received a without prejudice letter from Microsoft nine days before launch on 1st July. It was a threat of opposition against the trademarked word Windows. They were not happy about the trademark and the company name.
Identified tool over the window!
The Word window tool is placed over books and covers lines of text with some gaps. McKenzie is in dispute with Microsoft over the name of her business, which the tech giant asserts is too similar to their word software. She has been in a pretty stressful time and is also trying to be a mom to launch a product that will support literacy and not expect big business with Microsoft.
Word window helps young children struggling to read due to dyslexia by breaking down words into manageable chunks with its windows and superhero Wordy. She also develops the educational tool for herself and her son Lucas, who suffers from dyslexia.
Family of McKenzie
McKenzie lives with her husband, Julian, and their two sons, Lucas, 9, and Elliot, 3. Her son is excited about bringing home his books, to begin with, and finding things tricky. He was struggling to resolve this as it was taking the pressure off and trying to pick out the letters and sounds he had been learning in school. Put a little box around the word you are trying to read and isolate the first letter of the word. This tech is similar to their word software.