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Apple, Amazon settle lawsuit over use of 'app store' term

updated 03:09 pm EDT, Tue July 9, 2013

Decision to abandon case credited to Apple

Apple and Amazon have come to a settlement in their lawsuit over the term "app store," Reuters reports. US District Judge Phyllis Hamilton has ordered the case dismissed at the companies' request, following Apple's issuing a covenant not to sue, which in turn did away with Amazon's need to pursue a counterclaim. A lawyer for Amazon, Martin Glick, explains that "this was a decision by Apple to unilaterally abandon the case, and leave Amazon free to use 'appstore.'"

The case dates back to March 2011, when Apple claimed that the name of the Amazon Appstore was misleading to customers, a deliberate take on its own App Store. Amazon, though, argued that the term "app store" was generic. As evidence it was even able to refer to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who once used the term generically in public. Companies like Microsoft petitioned the US Patent and Trademark Office to stop Apple from trademarking the App Store name.

Apple and Amazon were ordered in January to try and settle the lawsuit. As recently as mid-June, though, there appeared to be no settlement in sight. The two parties held an all-day meeting on May 1, and 45-minute phone call on June 14.

by MacNN Staff



  1. psdenno

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 05-06-03

    In light of this development, Apple announced that its revised iPad Mini will be marketed as the "Kindle Masher" rather than "iPad Mini".

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 01-25-07

    I thought it was going to be the Kindal Phyr. ;)

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: 01-03-08

    Oh, thank goodness...I was getting so confused as to which app store I was seeing. No, wait...

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: 11-15-06

    Yeah, Apple. Like I can buy Apps from Amazon on my iPhone.

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