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internetnews.com: Lindows Concedes Name to Microsoft in Europe

Mar 15, 2004, 13:45 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Susan Kuchinskas)

"Open source operating systems provider Lindows faces a penalty hearing after Microsoft told an Amsterdam court of appeals it hadn't complied with a preliminary injunction.

"At issue is the Lindows name, which Microsoft claims is too close in name to its own Windows software platform to be anything less than trademark infringement.

"On March 8, an Amsterdam appeals court ruled that Lindows had infringed. The court ruled that the average computer user might not figure out that LindowsOS wasn't a Microsoft product. It also said that previous legal rulings had established the right of a brand holder to every use of its brand name; therefore, it rejected Lindows' argument that the Web site, Lindows.com, wouldn't be confused with Microsoft's operating system..."

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