Pen-Computing Vendor Hits Microsoft With Suits

Hoping to capitalize on Microsoft's recent willingness to settle a variety of antitrust lawsuits, the founder of Go Computer filed two suits recently alleging that Microsoft used illegal means to prevent Go's pen-based system from taking off.

Hoping to capitalize on Microsofts recent willingness to settle a variety of antitrust lawsuits, the founder of Go Computer filed two suits recently alleging that Microsoft used illegal means to prevent Gos pen-based system from taking off.

Jerry Kaplan filed suits in both federal and California courts accusing the software maker of coercing a number of PC makers, including Toshiba and Compaq, into ignoring Gos software in favor of Windows. Gos software allows users to enter text on a screen directly through the use of a special pen.

Microsoft has been the target of a number of antitrust suits from a variety of parties, including the Department of Justice and any number of other software companies. The company recently settled a suit filed by IBM for $775 million.

Kaplan sold Go to AT&T in 1994 and earlier this year bought back the companys remaining assets, including its claims against Microsoft.