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

“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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