Microsoft vs Lindows

From: Sellam Ismail <>
Date: Thu Aug 15 21:15:00 2002

On Thu, 15 Aug 2002, Dwight K. Elvey wrote:

> of trademarks. ( McDonald's has won a few of these ). If they
> had the name before M$ then they might have a case, otherwise,
> I doubt they will get vary far. If the court feels that they

Even that doesn't always guarantee success. The courts usually side with
the company that has more money (i.e. larger legal team).

A woman named Sony who ran a cafe (I think in New York) got sued by Sony
and had to change the name of her cafe from "Sony's" to something else.

> chose the name to sound alike, they will not win, regardless
> of prior usage.

I think that's probably the best argument MS has here. Lindows was meant
to reference to Windows.

> It is too bad, I'd like to see M$ take a hit on this one.
> ( Just my opinion and not a legal statement )


Maybe one of the Lindows principles can legally change their name to
"Lindows", so like John Smith can become "Lindows Smith" or maybe even
"John Lindows Smith".

It actually sounds pretty good as a name. I'll consider it for my first
born :)

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