'Appstore' Stalemate Between Apple and Amazon Now Official
For well over a year now, Apple has incrementally stepped up its aggressive legal fight with Amazon regarding the digital retailer's use of the term "Appstore" to market its store for... um... apps.
Last summer, Apple went as far as to suggest that Amazon is intentionally
trying to trick and confuse consumers.
Heck, if I had a nickle for every time I wanted to download an iOS app from the App Store and accidentally downloaded an Android app from Amazon instead, I would be... completely broke.
Nonetheless, Apple stands by its claim.
"Amazon has steadfastly refused to produce documents and information regarding the use of 'for Android' in connection with its service..." Apple argued in one of its many legal filings, arguing that "appstore" should only be used by Amazon if it reads "Appstore for Android."
"Amazon has failed to produce a witness who can testify regarding the decision not to use 'for Android' with the Amazon Appstore Service outside the context of the Kindle Fire, despite clear evidence that Amazon frequently does not use 'for Android' in conjunction with its Service," the argument from Apple continued.
In January of this year, lawyers for both companies were ordered by a judge to meet and try to work out the issue in hopes of saving everyone (including the legal system) valuable time and treasure. Meetings and phone calls have reportedly now taken place throughout the months of May and June and we can confidently report that nothing... and we mean nothing
... has been accomplished that will preclude the need for a trial.
According to published reports this morning, the Apple vs. Amazon trial is now set to begin August 19th.