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Apple and Amazon ordered by judge to settle their trademark issues before the case goes to trial

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Apple and Amazon ordered by judge to settle their trademark issues before the case goes to trial
2013 was a mere infant when U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California tossed out Apple's false advertising claim against Amazon for the use of the term "App Store" with the Amazon App Store for Android. The judge said that there was no evidence that Amazon's store had any of the qualities that the public has come to expect from Apple. While somewhat of a backhanded insult to Amazon, the judge still did see things its way.

While the false advertising claim was dismissed, it still left the rest of the lawsuit which was filed in March 2011 by Apple claiming that Amazon was misusing the term. In November 2011, Apple added the now tossed charge of false advertising. Apple has a trademark for "App Store" and "AppStore" in Europe, but not in the U.S. where the trademark is awaiting approval. Amazon has support from Windows Phone producer Microsoft. Both companies say that the "App Store" name is too generic to hold a trademark on and Apple competitors say that they have avoided using the name for fear of a lawsuit, not because it has any special meaning.

In Europe, where this promo ran, Apple has a trademark on the App Store and AppStore terms

In Europe, where this promo ran, Apple has a trademark on the App Store and AppStore terms

Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte, who is presiding over hearings prior to the law suit between Apple and Amazon, has ordered both sides to meet in an attempt to settle their differences before a trial starts. It is the same ploy used unsuccessfully by Judge Lucy Koh when she had the top executives of Apple and Samsung meet before the epic patent trial last year. Apple and Amazon will meet on March 21st.

For its part, Apple claims that the name App Store is a play on the Cupertino based tech titan's name. Meanwhile, a U.S. trademark is being held up by rivals like HTC, Nokia and Sony. Furthermore, Amazon noted that "App Store" was a word of the year in 2010 and that the late Steve Jobs often referred to competitor's online application stores as "app stores".

The trial between Apple and Amazon regarding the "App Store" name is scheduled to start on August 19th. Back in 2011, Judge Hamilton said that Apple will have a hard time winning this case because it cannot prove that people are getting confused between the two platforms. Apple claims that Amazon is using the App Store name in an attempt to get developers to write apps for its Amazon Kindle Fire tablets.

source: ipodnn

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posted on 16 Jan 2013, 01:48 3

1. blackice214 (Posts: 163; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


Apple sue these nuts.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 02:10 3

2. ray77 (Posts: 121; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


apple, apple why ur so hipocrites an bad loser

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 02:32 2

3. joey_sfb (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Bring it on! You rotten fruit.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 09:13

4. xfire99 (Posts: 369; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Whoever came up with the word Apple, have a big time cash in and make the rotten company bankrupt. Sue the hell out of this rotten company, that have make a fortune by using its name, without paying a penny for all these years. -.-

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 09:34

5. naptown2 (Posts: 70; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)


apple sues anyone hell im waiting to be sued by them for saying there phones sucks

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 10:42

6. Bernoulli (Posts: 1403; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Seriously?! Patent the words app store?! What's next? Patent the term smart phone or patent the letters i, p, h, o, n, e,?

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 17:28

7. sprockkets (Posts: 950; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Uh of course apple has a trademark on appstore in the us, otherwise there would have no reason to sue amazon.

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