March 16, 2004

Lindows asks court to nix overseas lawsuits

Open-source software maker Lindows reported on Tuesday that it has asked a U.S. District Court to block Microsoft from filing additional trademark
lawsuits against the company in foreign countries.

Lindows filed the measure in the District Court of the state of Washington in hopes of stopping Microsoft from bringing new legal complaints overseas.
The filing marks the latest move in Lindows' wide-ranging dispute with Microsoft regarding trademark rights to the Windows name.

At the base of the legal battle, first launched in 2001, is Microsoft's belief that Lindows' name violates its trademarks for the word "windows," the
name of the software giant's ubiquitous operating system. San Diego-based Lindows markets a version of the open-source Linux operating system with an
interface similar to Windows.



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