Sun Microsystems has formally requested that Microsoft remove the Java logo from its browser, as part of the two companies' ongoing legal war over Java licensing.
The request is part of Sun's official response to Microsoft?s counterclaims against Sun's allegations that it is in breach of its licensing agreement for the Java language.
Sun filed its original suit in the US District Court for California in San Jose on 7 October, but is now responding to Microsoft's reply, again asking the court to prevent Microsoft using Sun?s Java-compatible logo on version 4.0 of its Internet Explorer (IE) browser.
Michael Morris, Sun?s vice president and general counsel, said Sun had written to Microsoft, which had subsequently removed the logo from its Web site, but not from the packaging of Internet Explorer.
He added that if the court granted it the injuction, Microsoft would be forced to remove the logo from its products and recall the browser from the marketplace.
But Cornelius Willis, Microsoft?s group product manager, retorted: ?If we removed the logo from our Web site, it was because it didn?t provide any marketing advantage, not because of legal exposure. We feel that our products don?t violate any licensing agreement with Sun.?
In its response, Sun again claimed that Java had been ?improperly modified by Microsoft and that Microsoft?s version fails to pass Sun?s compatibility tests...It?s like buying a can of Coca-cola and finding Ginger Ale inside. The customers trusted the brand and were deceived?.
Earlier this month Netscape removed the Java logo from its new browser as a precautionary measure against possible legal action.
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