January 30, 2004

The Chess Game, aka Microsoft v. Michael

Microsoft made another move against Lindows yesterday, this time in the Netherlands. Back in December they made their moves in Sweden and Finland. Microsoft's playing a chess game, and Michael's track record suggests he's never been much of a chess player. Next up: France, Belgium, and Luxembourg...

Think about it: you're a judge in one of these countries, where English is not your natural language (although I'm certain you speak and read it fine). Here comes this Microsoft-hired attorney, pleading with you -- look at the similarity "Lindows" and "Windows", why, it's outrageous, see how similar, just one letter off.... One wonders whether the judges are even considering the issue of "Windows" being a common name and not trademarkable. I suspect the Microsoft attorneys are conveniently not even bringing up that issue....

Posted by brian at January 30, 2004 07:12 AM


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