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Internetnews.com: Lindows.com Seeks Summary Judgment in Microsoft Case

Oct 08, 2002, 20:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clint Boulton)

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"Lindows.com last week filed for a summary judgment in defense of the patent infringement suit filed by Microsoft nearly a year ago over Lindows.com's use of the term 'lindows' in its products and branding. The San Diego computing startup is hoping the U.S. District Court in Washington finds in its favor, claiming that Microsoft has no iron-clad claim to the 'windows' term.

"Over the past year, Lindows.com has spent its time trying to sway presiding Judge John C. Coughenour with its argument that graphical user interfaces that feature the use of 'windows' have been referred to as 'windows programs,' 'windowing interfaces,' 'windowing systems,' and 'window managers' since the late '70s.

"'Thus, the term 'windows' has been used as a generic term for a category of computer software products for over 20 years. This indisputable fact is dispositive in this litigation and its proof justifies the entry of summary judgment in favor of defendant Lindows.com, Inc.,' Lindows.com said in a public statement on its Web site..."

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