Rival software firms clash over name

South Wales-based Accounting Office Software, which provides business
software and includes customers such as Hewlett-Packard in Ireland, has hit the
roof over Iris’ new Accounts Office product, claiming that the name has breached
the Welsh company’s trademark.

‘We’ve sent a letter to Iris, but had no response,’ said Accounting Office
sales director Jonathan Harris.

‘We hope to not go down the route of a court case, but unless we can get some
dialogue going, that would be the only route available.’

However, Iris has hit back strongly at the claims, stating that Accounts
Office has been successfully trademarked.

‘Iris totally refutes the allegations,’ said finance director Neal Roberts.
‘We are demanding a retraction, or our solicitors will be communicating with
them soon.’

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