Apple and Amazon settle App Store lawsuit
Apple opened its applications store in July 2008, calling it the Apple App Store and the Cupertino based firm recently celebrated the store's fifth birthday. Amazon opened its Amazon Appstore for Android in March 2011, and Apple filed its complaint that same month. In its response to Apple's filing, Amazon claimed that the term app store had become generic, citing comments made by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who wrote about the "four app stores on Android." Current Apple CEO Tim Cook also used the term in a generic fashion when he wrote about "the number of app stores out there."
"We're gratified that the court has conclusively dismissed this case. We look forward to continuing our focus on delivering the best possible appstore experience to customers and developers."-Mary Osako, Amazon spokeswoman
Both sides claimed victory in the end with Apple spokeswomen Kristin Huguet saying that with 900,000 apps in the App Store, people know where to find their favorite app. A spokesman for Amazon said that the company is "gratified" that the case has been settled. Apple lawyer Martin Glick said that it was Apple's decision to give up the case and leave Amazon free to use the term app store.
1. Leica_Shooter (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Apple backed out before the embarrassment of losing a ridiculous lawsuit.
2. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5468; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
For once Apple done something right. Getting sick of their petty lil law suit over a stupid name
5. buccob (Posts: 964; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
To be fair... Apple does get many lawsuit for names too... iPhone, iWatch, iPad... etc... all terms already taken in different countries..
but we all know they deserve it...
8. joey_sfb (Posts: 1861; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
"it was Apple's decision to give up the case and leave Amazon free to use the term app store"
Apple should not start this sort of law suit in the first place. Anyway in March 2011, Apple still has its godlike untouchable status. Now they know they are swimming in hot s**t just like the rest of us.
4. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)
Now do this in all your other lawsuits
7. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5468; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Yes but but first drop its greedy million dollar law suit against Samsung.
6. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
iNtelligence prevailed at last for one case at least.
9. networkdood (Posts: 5248; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
It is not really 900,000 apps, Mr. Cook.