When Amazon launched the Amazon app store earlier this year there was one company that wasn’t happy about Amazon using the term ‘App Store’, that was Apple who decided to take Amazon to court in an attempt to get them to stop using the ‘App Store’ name.
Apple actually holds a number of trademarks for the term ‘App Store’ in the US and Europe, although Apple has come under a fair bit of criticism from a number of companies for attempting to stop other companies from using the phrase app store as they claim it is too generic.
Now the judge who is looking at the App Store case against Amazon, US District Judge Phyllis Hamilton, has said that she is ‘probably’ going to deny Apple’s motion because Apple has failed to demonstrate confusion amongst consumers with relation to the app store name.
It will be interesting to see what the outcome of this case is, as Microsoft is reported to have also called its software store for Windows 8, the App Store, and there are a number of other companies who use the term.
We suspect that even if the motion is turned down by the judge, this wont be the last we hear of it, and Apple will probably file further cases against Amazon and other companies for using the App Store name.
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