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PC Week: Judge: Microsoft doesn't have to pass Sun's Java tests

May 27, 1999, 09:17 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Gage)

"U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte, who is overseeing the Sun Microsystems Inc. vs. Microsoft Corp. suit over Java, has tentatively ruled that, under certain conditions, Microsoft (MSFT) does not have to pass Sun's Java compatibility tests for 'independently developed works.'"

"Microsoft has sought the right to develop and distribute technology that performs functions similar to Sun's Java. According to the ruling, Microsoft is seeking the right to develop and market 'independently developed Java Technology.' Sun has maintained that the original Java license forged between the two companies contained no mention of independent works or patent-license provisions."

"The judge on Tuesday issued tentative rulings on three of the 10 motions that Sun made for summary judgment. A hearing on the three rulings is slated for June 24 in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif."

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