Amazon Appstore Results in Lawsuit from Apple

by Michael Murphy on
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Amazon launched its Android Appstore today, giving Android owners another avenue for purchasing/downloading apps. While the pros and cons of this third-party market solution can be debated (and likely will) at great length, here’s something we didn’t see coming, although we probably should have: Apple is breaking out the gavel, crying “foul.”

That’s right, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple Inc. has filed suit against Amazon.com Inc. over the name “Appstore.” Of course, Apple trademarked the name “App Store,” but last I checked, “sounds like” doesn’t count in lawsuits, though time will tell.

Per the WSJ:

The filing says Amazon began using the phrase around January of this year to refer to its mobile-software download service. Amazon, however, cites it as “Appstore,” with no space and a lower case ‘s’.


“We’ve asked Amazon not to copy the App Store name because it will confuse and mislead customers,” said a spokeswoman for Apple. A spokeswoman for Amazon said it doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

We’ll see how the courts rule, but trying to trademark something as generic as “App store” seems unfair to begin with (and Microsoft is challenging the trademark.) Seems to me that Apple is just being overly restrictive and abusive…again. But then, that’s really what they should trademark, isn’t it?

[via wsj]

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  • Mike W. Gresham

    LOL, Microsoft and Mac (Icrap) such sore losers…

  • curse

    well. Microsoft won over Lindows, since it’s too close to Windows..
    However…
    “We’ve asked Amazon not to copy the App Store name because it will confuse and mislead customers,” said a spokeswoman for Apple.

    I see how Apple users may be confused over the Appstore name when they use their iPhones to connect to Amazon Android Appstore instead of Apple App Store.. oh, wait, they can’t since it an Android Appstore and even if there were iPhone apps, Apple don’t allow competitive apps/stores on the iPhone, so there is 0% risk that an Apple user will be confused.

  • HepCat

    Spot on, Curse.. You nailed it there..

  • Mario

    Well, Microsoft has trademark over Windows, another generic thing, so what is the difference with App Store? Microsoft did, Apple can not? Law is law. Amazon knew that, why they are looking for troubles ?

  • DynaDom

    Exactly apple just cries. iPhone users can’t use it!

  • samsunghater

    lmao i was just gonna post that then again the apple consumer must be confused buying an overpriced polished turd

  • Sigmund Green

    Well, this is very simple. Apple is the big loser on this one. Scenario 1: Apple wins, the name get changed, every Apple fanboy now knows the name (and learn about Android’s existence in the process). Every Android fan follows this closely. The best publicity lawyer money can buy. Scenerio 2: Amazon wins, the name stays, every Apple fanboy now knows the name (and learn about Android’s existence in the process). Every Android fan follows this closely. The best publicity lawyer money can buy.