"In a potential setback for Microsoft Corp., a federal judge
said yesterday that any jury assessing the validity of the
company's Windows trademark should focus on the period before the
operating system debuted--not after it became famous.
"At the same time, U.S. District Chief Judge John Coughenour
granted Microsoft's request to put the issue before the 9th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals, leaving the ultimate outcome undecided
"But the decision nevertheless was called a victory by Lindows.
com, the California software company that Microsoft accuses of
trademark infringement in the case..."