Microsoft Pays $20M To Settle Lindows Trademark Dispute

Law360, New York (July 19, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Microsoft Corp. has agreed to pay Inc. $20 million to settle a legal dispute over whether the name of the Linux operating system was too similar to the Windows trademark, the companies said.

Under the terms of the agreement, Lindows will operate as Linspire, a name adopted in April for most of its products sold globally. Previously, Lindows had promised to change the name of its products outside the U.S. to Linspire while keeping its original name for the company and for domestic products....
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