Microsoft, Lindows Settle Trademark Dispute

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Updated: Microsoft agrees to pay Lindows $20 million, while the maker of a Linux-based competitor to Windows changes its names to Linspire globally.

Microsoft Corp. and Lindows Inc. have reached a $20 million settlement in their ongoing trademark feud, with Lindows agreeing to changes its name globally and Microsoft licensing digital media technology.

The settlement, reached on Friday, ends a series of trademark infringement lawsuits that Microsoft had brought against Lindows in which it alleged that the Lindows name was too similar to Microsoft's Windows trademark.

The two companies announced on Monday that Lindows will change its company name and the name of its Linux-based operating system to Linspire. Lindows previously had changed the name of its OS internationally following initial court rulings against it in the Benelux and other European countries.