Sun's spat with Microsoft over Java

Sun's spat with Microsoft over Java

Sun Microsystems is escalating the battle with Microsoft over Sun's Java software technology with the announcement last week that it is suing Microsoft for failing to stick to the letter of its Java licensing agreement.

The lawsuit, filed here, alleges that Microsoft breached its contractual obligation to deliver a compatible implementation of Java.

Specifically, the suit charges Microsoft with trademark infringement, false advertising, breach of contract, unfair competition, interference with prospective economic advantage and inducing breach of contract.

Sun has tried for six months to resolve the issue out of court, Alan Baratz, president of Sun's JavaSoft division, said. "We kept offering solutions, and each time Microsoft went in the other direction," he said.

"To allow one company to so flagrantly breach the terms of the contract is to do a disservice to the other 116 companies participating in the Java initiative," said Baratz. "By causing confusion in the marketplace, Microsoft knows it has a better chance of impeding and co-opting the Java initiative. We will not stand by and let that happen."

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