"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
"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
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