Siliconvalley.internet.com: Lindows.com Trademark Suit Goes to Jury
Jan 27, 2003, 05:30 (7 Talkback[s])
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"The United States District Court in Seattle Friday said it will
let a jury decide a landmark trademark infringement case brought
forward by Microsoft.
"The court denied San Diego-based Lindows.com's 'Motion for
Summary Judgment on Genericness,' which challenges the validity of
Microsoft's Windows trademark. The trial is expected to start on
April 7, 2003.
"Although he denied the motion, Judge John C. Coughenour did
say, 'Lindows.com has presented a significant amount of evidence
that the relevant consuming public... in the early 1980s considered
'windows' and its derivatives to constitute generic terms for
graphical operating environments, the category of products that
included Windows 1.0...'