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Apple and Amazon settle App Store lawsuit

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Apple and Amazon settle App Store lawsuit
Apple and Amazon have finally ended their courtroom bickering over the use of the "app store" name. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton agreed with the request of both companies to dismiss the case which puts a halt to a trial that was scheduled to begin on August 19th. As part of the arrangement between the two companies, Apple promised not to sue Amazon over its use of the name for the Amazon Appstore.

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

"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.

source: Reuters

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posted on 09 Jul 2013, 14:28 8

1. Leica_Shooter (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

Apple backed out before the embarrassment of losing a ridiculous lawsuit.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 14:33 5

2. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

For once Apple done something right. Getting sick of their petty lil law suit over a stupid name

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 14:50 1

5. buccob (Posts: 2736; 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...

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 18:48 3

8. joey_sfb (Posts: 6608; 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.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 14:44 1

3. DarkShadow (Posts: 51; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

ha ha and again ha ha!!!

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 14:46 4

4. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)

Now do this in all your other lawsuits

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 16:56 1

7. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Yes but but first drop its greedy million dollar law suit against Samsung.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 15:10 2

6. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

iNtelligence prevailed at last for one case at least.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 09:44

9. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

It is not really 900,000 apps, Mr. Cook.

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