Apple hasn’t had much success with its lawsuit against Amazon in the US for the company using the term App Store, the last thing we heard was that the judge dealing with the case had denied Apple’s injunction in the US courts.
It would appear that things may be a little different in Europe, as Amazon Germany has been forced to stop taking application submissions to its Amazon Appstore in Germany, due to the legal action being taken against Amazon in Germany by Apple.
Amazon has emailed a number of developers and has told them that they have now stopped taking app submissions and haven’t given developers any details on how long this will last, you can see a portion of the email below.
We wanted to notify you of a recent change to your Developer Portal account; for the time being, we are not accepting new app submissions from developers located in Germany. We have been forced to impose this restriction due to a legal action filed by Apple in Germany seeking to prevent us from using the term “appstore.” We believe Apple’s claim is without merit and are actively contesting it.
It could be possible that we will see similar things happening in other European countries, and Amazon may be forced to stop taking application submissions in those countries as well until the various court cases reach their conclusion.
The case between Apple and Amazon in the US is scheduled for October 2012, so it looks like Amazon will be able to continue to use the App Store name until then, unless Apple is able to file a motion with the courts that is able to stop Amazon using the name before then.
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Source PC Mag