In a small legal victory for Microsoft, a district judge in California on Friday refused to rule on Sun Microsystems' request for a preliminary injunction against the company.
Sun filed the suit in October, alleging that Microsoft is violating the terms of its licensing agreement with Sun for the Java programming language. Sun claims that Microsoft's version of Java is not compatible with Sun's. Microsoft has denied the accusations. The trial itself is expected to start in April.
Sun had asked for a preliminary injunction to stop Microsoft from calling its products 'Java Compatible', claiming that the Java brand is being damaged. However, Judge Ronald Whyte said he would review the matter, but did not say when he would rule.
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