drops letters in European revival

Controversial Linux seller is back in business in Europe, minus a few letters.

The software company, in the midst of a wide-ranging dispute with Microsoft regarding trademark rights to the Windows name, announced Tuesday that it is now doing business in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg as Lin---s. A Dutch judge last month granted Microsoft's request for a preliminary injunction, barring Lindows from doing business under that name. The Dutch case is one of several European venues where Microsoft has expanded its legal battle against Lindows, claiming that the company's moniker is an illegal attempt to profit on the name of Microsoft's dominant Windows operating system.

For the original suit, a U.S. federal judge recently ruled in Lindows' favor, declaring that the case's jury should consider whether "windows" was a generic computing term at the time Microsoft was granted the trademark, as Lindows contends it was, and arguing that such prior use would render Microsoft's trademark invalid. Microsoft says the case should be based on current use of the term and is appealing the ruling. The U.S. judge earlier rejected Microsoft's request for an injunction similar to the one granted by the Dutch court.

News source: C|net

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