When the shoe is on the other foot...

Rohit Khare (khare@pest.w3.org)
Tue, 13 Aug 96 12:52:59 -0400

W$J reports:

> Separately, Synet Inc., a small company in Downers Grove,
> Ill., said it filed a trademark-infringement suit against
> Microsoft over the use of the term Internet Explorer.
> The company has a product of its own with that name, and
> said it obtained a trademark for it in Illinois and has
> applied for a federal trademark.
> Thomas Burt, a senior Microsoft attorney, argued that
> the suit has no merit because the phrase "Internet
> Explorer" is a generic expression that isn't likely to
> be granted a federal trademark.

The shoe is entirely on the other foot in this game: MS is #2, it's for open
standards, it's for free information, and it's *paying* allies (as opposed to
NS, which has its allies paying NS for positions on its directory page...)

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