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Amazon can continue using the term "appstore"

Apple loves its lawsuits, but it looks like the tech giant is going to let its dispute with Amazon over the use of the words "app store" go. 

Apple recently requested that its lawsuit regarding use of the name "app store" against Amazon be dismissed. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California granted that request today, thus canceling the need for a trial that would've began August 19. 

"We no longer see a need to pursue our case," said Kristin Huguet, Apple spokeswoman. "With more than 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, customers know where they can purchase their favorite apps."

Apple launched its App Store in July 2008, which sells apps for iOS gadgets like the iPhone and iPad. In March 2011, Amazon released its Amazon Appstore for Android -- which was for its line of Kindle Fire products. 

Apple didn't waste any time, as it sued Amazon that same month for using the term "app store." More specifically, Apple sued for trademark violations and false advertising, since customers could confuse Apple and Amazon's app stores.

Amazon said that "app store" was a generic term used for all stores.

"We're gratified that the court has conclusively dismissed this case," said Mary Osako, Amazon spokeswoman. "We look forward to continuing our focus on delivering the best possible appstore experience to customers and developers."

Source: Reuters

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Smells like some PR
By Lord 666 on 7/9/2013 7:29:59 PM , Rating: 2
In other news today, the top apps on the App store are for free. PR machine in full force in an attempt to stop the bleeding.

RE: Smells like some PR
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/9/2013 7:46:02 PM , Rating: 4
In other words, they have no case and knew it.

RE: Smells like some PR
By Samus on 7/10/2013 3:05:53 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. This is like a competitor suing all big box stores for using the term "supermarket"

RE: Smells like some PR
By Shadowself on 7/9/2013 8:59:56 PM , Rating: 3
They're giving away apps to "stop the bleeding"? So the logic is to lose money on each and every sale but make it up on volume?

In reality Apple has been running a giveaway on certain apps (app list seems to change each day, but I haven't really bothered to check it closely) for a few days now. It is Apple's way of celebrating the 5th anniversary of the App store being online. It has absolutely nothing to do with the Amazon case.

RE: Smells like some PR
By nafhan on 7/10/2013 9:09:49 AM , Rating: 2
In reality, it hardly matters if Apple makes any money directly from the app store. The app store's primary purpose is to add value to a very lucrative hardware business.

RE: Smells like some PR
By Tony Swash on 7/10/13, Rating: -1
RE: Smells like some PR
By retrospooty on 7/10/2013 8:03:55 AM , Rating: 3
Right... Because as a company Apple is as passive aggressive as a loser fanboy. You are ridiculous as always.

By sprockkets on 7/9/2013 11:39:44 PM , Rating: 4
"We no longer see a need to pursue our case," said Kristin Huguet, Apple spokeswoman. "With more than 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, customers know where they can purchase their favorite apps."

Uh, there was always only one place to purchase iphone apps since day one.

Oh wait, you erected a pathetic strawman argument to justify suing over a trademark you should have never been granted.

Here, let's translate this PR spin into what it really is:

"We had no case, and Amazon was about to hand our ass in court and kill our trademark, so we pulled out before the inevitable happened."

RE: .
By PrinceGaz on 7/10/2013 8:30:20 AM , Rating: 2
As well as the App Store, you can also purchase apps from Cydia (and often get those same apps for free if you add unofficial distros hosting them...)

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