Microsoft to appeal Sun Java injunction

Microsoft has begun the process of appealing a preliminary injunction awarded to Sun Microsystems in its Java technology lawsuit against the software maker.

The injunction, awarded by a California district court last month, required Microsoft to make changes to the Java technology in several of its products, including Windows 98 and its Internet Explorer Web browser, so that they would pass Sun's Java compatibility tests.

Microsoft filed a notice of appeal with the Federal District Court in San Jose, California, and has 28 days to file its appeal brief with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.

The preliminary injunction awarded to Sun was viewed by many as a major blow to Microsoft, which stands accused by Sun of "polluting" its Java programming language in order to compromise the technology's ability to create programs that run on any operating system.

Microsoft did this, according to Sun, because it viewed the technology as a threat to its operating systems business.

Microsoft denies the charges.

"Microsoft is appealing the District Court's preliminary ruling because Microsoft does not believe any preliminary injunction should have been ordered," said Tom Burt, associate general counsel for Microsoft, in a prepared statement.

"We are confident that Microsoft has developed the best Java implementation within the terms of our contract with Sun and in the best interests of Java developers and consumers."

Microsoft said it will comply with the District Court's ruling while waiting for the appeal to be heard. The company was given 90 days from the date the injunction was granted to make the changes to its products.

Sun officials said they won't be able to comment in any detail on Microsoft's appeal until it lays out its argument against the injunction in the brief it will file with the appeals court.

"Obviously the judge's ruling on this was very thorough and very tightly reasoned, and it'll be interesting to see how they structure their appeal," said Sun spokeswoman Lisa Poulsen. "We'll just have to wait and see."

Sun officials weren't surprised that Microsoft decided to appeal the ruling, Poulsen said.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

James Niccolai

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?