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Apple Sues Amazon for Use of 'App Store'

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After a little leak last week, Amazon has finally launched the Amazon Appstore, an application store for Android apps. However, it seems Apple has already taken issue with one aspect of the application store: the name.


You see, Apple has already filed for a trademark on the term 'App Store.' Though that application is being contested by Microsoft, who thinks it's too generic a term to trademark, Apple still doesn't want Amazon using it. The Cupertino-based company Friday filed a lawsuit against Amazon, claiming it contacted Amazon three times regarding its use of the term and has yet to receive a "substantive response."

Amazon likely thinks that ditching the space and using a lowercase 's' is enough of a change to Apple's 'App Store' term, but the company has yet to comment on the suit, so we have no way of knowing what it thinks. Either way, Apple is seeking damages and a ruling preventing Amazon from using the term so we'll keep you posted on this one.

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    welshmousepk , March 23, 2011 5:14 AM
    I'm gonna trademark the letter A. then they will all owe ME money!

    Seriously, how the hell can a company own a trademark on 'App Store'?
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    Anonymous , March 23, 2011 5:14 AM
    that was fast!
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    welshmousepk , March 23, 2011 5:14 AM
    I'm gonna trademark the letter A. then they will all owe ME money!

    Seriously, how the hell can a company own a trademark on 'App Store'?
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    Pawessum16 , March 23, 2011 5:19 AM
    Apple can suck it!!!!!!
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    orionltd , March 23, 2011 5:29 AM
    Oh so Apple is afraid someone in iTunes will accidentally log into the amazon appstore by mistake? UGH
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    joytech22 , March 23, 2011 5:44 AM
    HAHA!!

    Apple's way of saying "Thanks for the money, Suckers!"
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    toxxel , March 23, 2011 6:15 AM
    Way to generic of a trademark to even think of suing, but then again it's Apple.
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    kkiddu , March 23, 2011 6:30 AM
    Just wait till they sue Apple farmers world over.
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    Anonymous , March 23, 2011 6:59 AM
    Apple running for troll of the year?
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    HappyBB , March 23, 2011 7:35 AM
    Stupid Apple, they will do anything to get money!!
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    Griffolion , March 23, 2011 8:19 AM
    welshmousepkI'm gonna trademark the letter A. then they will all owe ME money!Seriously, how the hell can a company own a trademark on 'App Store'?


    That was Microsoft's argument, and a valid one at that.
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    demonhorde665 , March 23, 2011 8:42 AM
    this is why , i'll never own an apple product ,
    this is why i'll punch a sales man in the face when they try to sell me something of apples
    this is why i hate steve jobs , and his legion of possesed followers
    this is why products froma pple cost so much
    this is why products from many people cost so much
    this is why i would punch my relatives if they ever buy an apple product
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    rantoc , March 23, 2011 8:43 AM
    GriffolionThat was Microsoft's argument, and a valid one at that.


    Indeed! Its silly how far the patent system have been abused and milked with generic patents. It makes it close to impossible to create anything new without stepping on at least a half dozen "generic" patents.

    I thought the basic idea behind the patent system was to encourage development by allowing the creators of new inventions to get their patents and not be blocked by a zillion "generic" patents making it impossible to create anything truly new unless you have a huge corporations resources at your disposal! Silly world!
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , March 23, 2011 8:48 AM
    I hope that Apple wins in the short term so that Amazon feels the punch,but only the short I said...
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    AMD_pitbull , March 23, 2011 10:46 AM
    Just to let you all know, I just patented the terms "spammer," "paypall payments" & "stupid apple" and will be seeking punitive damages

    regards
    Future head of Apple.

    In all seriousness, though, this is absolutely absurd. This patent thing is getting out of control, and, the saddest part? The courts are allowing it. Just goes to show how messed up the legal system is as a whole.
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    blubbey , March 23, 2011 11:20 AM
    Apple just grow up. How insecure are you?
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    bin1127 , March 23, 2011 11:33 AM
    lol Steve, this is the stuff you come up with on your deathbed?
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    fayzaan , March 23, 2011 11:52 AM
    App store App store App store! uh ohs, is I in the twoubles by crApple?
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    bender3000 , March 23, 2011 12:05 PM
    demonhorde665 this is why i hate steve jobs , and his legion of possesed followers
    LMAO
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    swamprat , March 23, 2011 12:07 PM
    rantocIndeed! Its silly how far the patent system have been abused and milked with generic patents. It makes it close to impossible to create anything new without stepping on at least a half dozen "generic" patents.I thought the basic idea behind the patent system was to encourage development by allowing the creators of new inventions to get their patents and not be blocked by a zillion "generic" patents making it impossible to create anything truly new unless you have a huge corporations resources at your disposal! Silly world!

    Not that trade marks or names are the same as patents.

    I guess one test would be that when someone speaks of an App Store, does the world think only of Apple's App Store, or just of App Stores generally? I would guess the latter given the wide use of the term 'App' (I remember it back on the Acorn Archimedes - so Apple can't claim they invented the idea of abbreviating Application).

    Microsoft's challenge seemed and still seems reasonable. I wouldn't have expected "Amazon Appstore" to cause any degree of confusion with "Apple App Store" but then I might be giving the general public too much credit...
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    viperburkh , March 23, 2011 12:10 PM
    I wonder if Apple can legally do anything to Amazon for using it even if they did put 'App Store'. It says Apple has FILED for the patent, not that they own it. It hasn't been approved yet so there has been no patent infringement. My understanding of patents (and it could be wrong), but you can file for a patent and before it is approved another company could file for the same patent and there would be a whole process that would have to be followed to decide who gets the patent. I don't believe the patent is automatically awarded to the first person to file. Wouldn't that be interesting of Amazon were to counter-file for the patent?
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