Apple and Amazon settle App Store lawsuit

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."

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



9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

6. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

iNtelligence prevailed at last for one case at least.

4. androidfanboy

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

Now do this in all your other lawsuits

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

3. DarkShadow

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

ha ha and again ha ha!!!

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

5. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

1. Leica_Shooter

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

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

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