"In a ruling issued late Monday, the U.S. District Court
judge who is overseeing a pair of lawsuits that the two
companies filed against each other dismissed Sun's claim that
Microsoft had infringed on Sun's Java-related copyrights.
Judge Ronald Whyte also rejected Sun's motion for a summary
judgment against Microsoft on the copyright issue."
"This follows two other preliminary defeats that Whyte has
handed down against Sun from his federal court bench in San Jose.
It's part of a series of rulings on a total of 10 summary-judgment
requests that the two companies have filed in the three-year-old
"In a statement issued yesterday, Sun said the judge's latest
ruling "is consistent with" his two January decisions and still
leaves open its claims of trademark infringement, breach of
contract and unfair competition against Microsoft."