The United States Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Novell without comment. The lawsuit accused Microsoft of illegally protecting its Windows computer operating system from competition 20 years ago by undercutting a WordPerfect. Novell was looking to revive a lawsuit that accused Microsoft of anticompetitive conduct during development of its Windows 95 operating system in 1994. Novell said that, late in the rollout process, Microsoft withheld software components known as namespace extensions so competing developers would have trouble making their programs run smoothly on Windows. Novell said the move slowed the development of WordPerfect, a word-processing program that posed a threat to Microsoft’s Word. Novell, now part of privately held Wizard Parent LLC, argued in its appeal that Microsoft “made its own operating system less attractive to consumers in order to crush competition and protect its operating system monopoly.” A Denver-based federal appeals court threw out the lawsuit stating “antitrust laws rarely impose ...

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A federal court appeals ruled on Monday that Microsoft did not violate antitrust laws nearly 20 years ago against Novell.  “Novell complains that Microsoft refused to share its intellectual property with rivals after first promising to do so. But the antitrust laws rarely impose on firms — even dominant firms — a duty to deal with their rivals,” according to a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel. “With respect to Novell at least, Microsoft did nothing unlawful.” Novel can appeal this decision and eventually may even end up at the Supreme Court. “Naturally we are disappointed by the decision issued today by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and are considering next steps,” said Jim Lundberg, Novell vice president. “Ultimately this decision will have no effect on our day-to-day operations nor our company’s vision for current and future Novell customers.” This ruling affirms affirms U.S. District Judge J. Frederick ...

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