Windows TrademarkNews

Subject: Windows TrademarkNews
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 11:17:35 -0800

Since many people on the list are peripherally concerned with trademarks, I thought I'd post this link:

The preliminary decision referred to is in a case Microsoft filed against Lindows, a company doing a Linux distribution that uses WINE to run Windows applications. Microsoft claims that the Lindows name infringes on their Windows trademark. Lindow claims that "windows" is far too generic to be copyrighted, and, so far, trademark law seems to agree.

Note, too, the Microsoft guidelines mentioned in the first paragraph; Microsoft would prefer that every mention of Windows in a document indicate that the term is trademarked. There's also some basic background about trademark law that might be useful.

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com

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