Breaking Windows — the Lindows suit
” Microsoft filed its trademark suit against Lindows.com, saying it was using a copycat name, and then asked the court for a preliminary injunction to halt quickly what it deemed an illegal practice by an emerging rival.
Nonsense, Lindows.com replied. ‘Windows’is a generic term, it said, first used more than two decades ago for software systems that could display programs or data in rectangular windows on PC screens. Lindows .com submitted declarations from expert witnesses and trade press articles from the 1980’s, when several software companies were offering desktop environments. They spoke of the ‘window wars’ of those years and had headlines like ‘Microsoft Does Windows.'”