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Originally published Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 12:00 AM

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Microsoft sued over use of name

Pacific Northwest Compiled from Seattle Times staff and Bloomberg News ...

Dexter + Chaney, a 25-year-old Seattle company that makes construction-management software, is suing Microsoft for trademark infringement.

The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Seattle, seeks to stop Microsoft from using the name "Forefront" on its security-product line. Dexter + Chaney has a product called Forefront Construction Suite, which includes security features, and has used the Forefront name on its software since 1988, the company said. Microsoft rebranded its security products "Forefront" in June.

A Microsoft spokesman said the company carefully chooses its product names and thinks its security product will not cause confusion in the marketplace.

Gottschalks

Northgate store to be closed soon

Fresno-based Gottschalks said Friday it would close its Northgate store — its last remaining location in the Seattle area — by month's end.

The regional department-store chain said it would cost $370,000 to close the underperforming store, cutting its after-tax profit by 3 cents a share. Gottschalks operates nine other stores in the state, including two in Tacoma.

Northgate plans to open two stores in the 76,000-square-foot Gottschalks space. "We have leases out for signature," marketing director Angela Forest said, declining to identify the potential tenants.

Boeing

Aeroflot puts off decision on planes

Aeroflot, Eastern Europe's largest carrier, has postponed a decision on buying new planes worth $3 billion or more from Airbus and Boeing, a top officer of the Russian airline said Friday.

The board of state-controlled Aeroflot will make a decision at a later meeting, which hasn't been scheduled, said Deputy Chief Executive Officer Lev Koshlyakov. Aeroflot is considering Boeing's planned 787 and Airbus's proposed competitor, the A350.

Micron

Toshiba payment will end litigation

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Toshiba said it will pay $288 million to Micron Technology to end patent litigation started by a company that Boise, Idaho-based Micron bought in June.

Lexar Media sued Tokyo-based Toshiba over NAND flash memory that stores large amounts of data in digital cameras and music players. Toshiba will get some of Lexar's patent rights and license others.

Micron said in a regulatory filing Friday that the payments from Toshiba will be made over a period of years and it hasn't decided how to account for them.

Compiled from Seattle Times staff and Bloomberg News

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