Apple Drops App Store Brandname Lawsuit Against Amazon
Published on: 10th Jul 2013
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Apple has dropped its App Store brandname lawsuit against Amazon after a court approved a request to dismiss the case.
Apple had been seeking to stop Amazon using the Appstore brandname for its own Android apps store, claiming that Amazon's brandname was too close to its own App Store brand.
However, US District Judge Phyllis Hamilton had already previously suggested that unless Apple comes up with more evidence of confusion amongst customers then she wasn't likely to support its case.
Apple's defence was also weakened when it was pointed out that Apple's CEO's Steve Jobs and Tim Cook have both used the term "app store" in documents to describe competitor services - enhancing the use of the term in a generic manner.
"With more than 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, customers know where they can purchase their favorite apps," an Apple statement said. "We no longer see a need to pursue our case against Amazon."
An Amazon statement said, "We're gratified that the court has conclusively dismissed this case. We look forward to continuing our focus on delivering the best possible Appstore experience to customers and developers."
There is still the theoretical possibility that Apple could block other iOS services using the term App Store, but not other Android based services.