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Amazon responds to Apple's 'App Store' lawsuit

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In March Apple filed a lawsuit against Amazon ,alleging the Internet giant had violated Apple's trademark by using the term "App Store" in its Android-based Amazon Appstore. "Amazon has unlawfully used the App Store mark to solicit software developers throughout the United States," Apple said in a statement, and noted that they tried contacting Amazon several times about the infringement but Amazon repeatedly failed to "provide a substantive response."

Now GeekWire reports that Amazon has filed an official response to the matter. Following in Microsoft's footsteps, Amazon is asserting that the term "app store" is generic and is therefore not a valid trademark. Amazon even cites Steve Jobs in their defense, quoting him from an earlier financial conference call where he used "app stores" in a generic sense. For those of you who like these kinds of lawsuits, you can read Amazon's filling here [PDF].

If the courts agree with these statements right away, the case could be dismissed quickly. But Apple likely has defenses already lined up for this opening salvo, so this is likely only the beginning of the arguments over the term.

Amazon responds to Apple's 'App Store' lawsuit originally appeared on TUAW on Tue, 26 Apr 2011 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.




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I agree. "App Store" is just so generic. People have referred to applications as "apps" for as long as I can remember. I could see if it was something more Apple-specific like "iApp Store" (just an example), but if I was the judge presiding here, I'd throw it out.

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iApp store. Maybe Apple should call their store that.
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I second (or third) "iApp Store". It would fit 's iOS device nomenclature.

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"iApp Store" -> nice compromise!
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Corporate bigwigs and their pr and egos....ill never ever understand it. I mean i am all for lawsuits when they are necessary, however in this particular case i think that apple is being a bit of baby. Makes more sense concentrating efforts on other value added activities rather than this
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