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."
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.