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Second delay for Microsoft-Lindows.com trial

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

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

The court originally set a trial date in April, but moved that to December to give Lindows.com 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.

Lindows.com 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 Lindows.com from using the Lindows name.

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service


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