Microsoft's legal department went into overdrive last week as the company was forced to defend itself against anti-trust investigations in the US and the UK subsidiary issued writs against three firms.
Netscape has persuaded the US Justice Department to investigate alleged anti-competitive actions by Microsoft. It had accused its browser rival of trying to persuade hardware manufacturers to bundle Internet Explorer instead of Netscape Navigator (PC Dealer, 28 August).
Microsoft's shares suffered last week after the company admitted it had received a request for information from the Justice Department and that it would be co-operating fully. The software giant said that Netscape's charges were groundless.
Talking about ending the browser wars last week, Microsoft chairman and CEO Bill Gates said: 'Currently there are new browsers coming to market every six months. This will calm down.'
He claimed that to date there had been more than one million downloads of Explorer from the Internet.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison cast doubts on Netscape's prospects, saying that Microsoft was out to finish Netscape by giving its browser away free (see News Analysis, Page 12).
In its campaign to clamp down on copyright infringement, Microsoft issued writs in the UK against Copy Master UK of Denham, Bucks, and Stephen Tan of Hemel Hempstead. It is also suing Accurate of Leeds.
The company is seeking injunctions preventing the three firms from infringing six registered trademarks, and from passing off non-Microsoft goods as connected with the company. It is also seeking the names and addresses of fake software suppliers and the names of the buyers.
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