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MS battle with Lindows moves to Europe

The trademark dispute between Linux-based software supplier Lindows.com and Microsoft has moved to Europe.

Lindows chief executive officer Michael Robertson said he was flying to Amsterdam to meet with partners who claimed to have received letters from Microsoft asking them to stop supporting Lindows products and threatening legal action if they continue to carry them.

A Microsoft representative in Amsterdam refuted the claims, saying that although the company has expanded the trademark case to the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Sweden, it is not targeting individual Lindows resellers.

The European trademark dispute is an extension of the company's US case.

Microsoft originally sued the Linux supplier in late 2001, claiming that the company was infringing on its Windows brand name. The trial of the case is due to take place on 1 March.

Lindows sells an operating system called LindowsOS and, despite the company's legal battle, it has been signing deals with a number of retail partners and PC suppliers.

Lindows has said that Dutch and Swedish users have been some of the quickest to take up its products and that it is particularly concerned about an extension of the trademark battle in Europe.

Scarlett Pruitt writes for IDG News Service


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