Microsoft and Lindows Settle Trademark Case

Jul 19, 2004, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash. and SAN DIEGO, July 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT) today jointly announced that a
 worldwide settlement has been reached in the trademark infringement cases
 between the two companies.
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     "This case was centered on the fundamentals of international trademark law
 and our necessary efforts to protect the Windows(R) trademark against
 infringement," said Tom Burt, corporate vice president and deputy general
 counsel for Microsoft. "This settlement addresses those concerns, and we are
 pleased that Lindows will now compete in the marketplace with a name
 distinctly its own."
     "We are pleased to resolve this litigation on terms that make business
 sense for all parties," said Michael Robertson, CEO of Lindows Inc. "Over the
 next few months Lindows will cease using the term Lindows and transition to
 Linspire globally as our company name and primary identifier for our operating
 system product."
     The settlement agreement resolves all claims in this litigation, both in
 the United States and internationally. Terms of the settlement are
     About Linspire
     Linspire is an affordable Linux-based operating system, designed
 specifically for desktop and laptop computers in homes, schools and
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
     NOTE:  Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or
 trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
     The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.

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