"Windows, one of the best-known trademarks in the world, may not
be a name Microsoft Corp. can own and use exclusively, a federal
judge ruled [Friday].
"In a narrow, preliminary ruling that could change at trial,
Chief U.S. District Judge John Coughenour wrote that there are
"serious questions regarding whether 'Windows' is a non-generic
name and thus eligible for the protections of federal trademark
"He made the ruling in a case Microsoft brought against
Lindows.com Inc., a 6-month-old San Diego start-up trying to
introduce an operating system called Lindows..."