From: Sylvan Butler
Subject: Re: OT: Patent-Compatible TIFF Viewer for IE5.50 ???
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 17:23:27 -0600
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On Mon, 23 Sep 2002 16:52:50 -0700, Lizard Blizzard wrote:
> haven't read it yet but he said that a telephone company wants Microsoft
> to stop using their trademarked NT in their OS name. Well, hell, why
> didn't they say so 10 or 12 years ago when NT started to become
> popular? Ain't it a bit late to quibble over it now?
First off, it was under 10 years ago. The first version of NT was
NT 3.1 and it was after Windows 3.1. Windows 3.1 was 1992-1993.
Second, until about NT 4.0 (ca. 1996) NT was an abbreviation for
"Windows New Technology". MS found they could not trademark that
phrase nor the abbreviation for it, but if they redefined NT to be a
NAME and NOT an abbreviation then they could and did trademark NT.
So the time for NT to complain about Windows NT would have been less
than 6 years ago.
Personally, I think it is still too late. But not as late as
Unisys and they won.
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