A US court has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to prevent Apple from using the name Mac OS9 for its current operating system.
Iowa based Microware Systems filed the lawsuit in September last year, claiming it had held the trademark OS-9 for its own operating system since 1980.
However, despite trademark lawyers in both the UK and US claiming at the time that Microware could have applied for an injunction to delay the arrival of Apple's OS9, the product was launched last October.
The US District Court for the Southern District of Iowa said late Friday that it had dismissed the case. The court said Apple is entitled to use the Mac OS9 name under the doctrine of "fair use".
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