Apple Sues Amazon for Use of 'App Store'
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.