Second delay for trial


Second delay for trial

A US court has delayed its trial in a trademark dispute between Microsoft and Linux supplier until next March.

Microsoft sued in December 2001, accusing the company of infringing its Windows trademark and asking the court to bar from using the Lindows name.

The court originally set a trial date in April, but moved that to December to give more time to prepare for the case. The trial has now been pushed back until 1 March because of a scheduling conflict.

A court document issued earlier this week confirms the scheduling change. Parties have to file trial briefs, proposed jury instructions and other documents by 25 February. sells operating system software, the LindowsOS, and a productivity suite, Lindows Office, which competes with Microsoft products. The company argues that "windows" is a generic term and that Microsoft was granted its trademark under questionable circumstances.

Microsoft has already lost two requests for an injunction barring from using the Lindows name.

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service

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