Microsoft-Lindows spat heads north

Microsoft has expanded its legal battle against Linux seller Lindows, suing the software maker for trademark infringement in Canada.

A Microsoft representative confirmed that the suit was filed late Wednesday in the Federal Court of Canada in Ottawa. The suit makes trademark claims similar to previous cases filed in the United States and Europe and seeks an injunction barring Lindows from doing business under that name. The U.S. suit, filed shortly after Lindows went into business, claims the company's name infringes on Microsoft's trademark for its Windows operating system. Lindows, which sells a version of the open-source Linux operating system with an interface similar to Windows, argues the Microsoft trademark is invalid because "window" was a generic computing term at the time it was granted.

The judge hearing the U.S. cases has sided with Lindows in denying Microsoft's requests for an injunction against the company. The judge also recently ruled in Lindows' favor in declaring that the jury must consider use of the term "windows" around the time the trademark was granted. Microsoft plans to appeal that decision, further delaying the trial. Microsoft has filed similar legal actions in several European countries, where it has been more successful with injunction requests.

News source: C|Net News.com

Report a problem with article
Next Article

Kazaa Gets Its Day in Court

Previous Article

Ofcom warns on tighter Internet regulation

-1 Comments - Add comment

Advertisement