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New York Times: Glass Panes and Software: Windows Name Is Challenged

Dec 30, 2002, 14:30 (10 Talkback[s])
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"But success, money and monopoly, it seems, do not put even so familiar a name as Microsoft Windows beyond challenge. An upstart company, Lindows.com, is trying to persuade the Federal District Court in Seattle to invalidate Microsoft's trademark on Windows.

"At issue is the level of legal protection that should, or should not, be accorded to an ordinary word that Microsoft adopted as its own: windows.

"The litigation so far--a mounting pile of evidence and briefs--provides a detailed narrative of the origins and rise of a mega-brand, and a primer on trademark law. And an order by Judge John C. Coughenour, refusing Microsoft's plea for a temporary injunction against Lindows.com, suggests that Microsoft has a fight on its hands against a feisty start-up with fewer than 50 employees..."

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