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  • Apple Upsets Microsoft in Move to Trademark 'App Store'


    Apple is making waves with its effort to secure a controversial trademark in the highly competitive mobile app space. According to published reports this week, Microsoft is formally challenging Apple's 2008 application to trademark "App Store." Yes, you read that correctly. Incredibly, after three years, only on Tuesday did Microsoft actually file a motion for a summary judgment which would effectively prevent Apple from securing that generic trademark.

    The status page for Apple's trademark request says "an opposition is now pending" at the trial board.
    In the filing, Microsoft contends that "'app store' is generic for retail store services featuring apps and unregistrable for ancillary services such as searching for and downloading apps from such stores." It now appears that a heated legal battle over the rights to "app store" is on, as Apple thinks it is within its means to trademark the catch-all designation for a digital storefront that makes available apps for purchase and download.

    If Apple proves successful, the ramifications could be felt across the mobile space as multiple "app stores" for competing brands have either been formally launched or remain in active development. While it isn't yet clear how far Apple is willing to take its argument, it's apparent that Microsoft and others won't let Apple get its way without an ample courtroom challenge.

    PC World
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Upsets Microsoft in Move to Trademark 'App Store' started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. justinpotter81's Avatar
      justinpotter81 -
      Rook takes pawn....your move Apple
    1. Ccmccc's Avatar
      Ccmccc -
      Why is everybody apple haters
    1. justinpotter81's Avatar
      justinpotter81 -
      Haterade Because its easy to hate the best
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      Saurik and the rest of the devs should sue apple for stealing their idea. If it wasn't for jailbreaking, there wouldn't be an app store!
    1. theomer's Avatar
      theomer -
      Hate? I think apple is a competitive force... But solo control of 'App Store' would very much make the playing field unlevel.
    1. justinpotter81's Avatar
      justinpotter81 -
      Good point...Remember the good ole days of Installer? Times have definately changed for the better.

      Apple should lose this fight.
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      Apple is always in someones sights these days.
    1. kingmofo's Avatar
      kingmofo -
      Everybody wants to emulate something that is succesfull and Apple is always 2 steps ahead. How is it that Nokia and Motorolla who were in complete controll of the Cell phone Market never produced a high end Cell phone over the last 20 years. Apple Comes out with the Iphone and every one has some sort of touch screen phone. Apple releases the app store and now everyone wants to do it.
    1. evolutionarymc's Avatar
      evolutionarymc -
      I think they deserve to keep it solely Apple. Cydia isn't called the "Jailbreak App Store" & correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't Android have the "Marketplace" ??? Surely any company is capable of branding a store to sell their apps without taking such an uninventive route for naming purposes. Lol
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I'm with Microsoft on this one. If you have a store that sells Applications you should be able to call it an App Store or Application Store. App isn't even a word. The term App was coined by users and not by Apple.
    1. endwaro's Avatar
      endwaro -
      Quote Originally Posted by LSZ33 View Post
      Saurik and the rest of the devs should sue apple for stealing their idea. If it wasn't for jailbreaking, there wouldn't be an app store!
      hahaha yeah?? you kidding right? the app store doesnt need the jailbreak community.

      We are like ninjas we are solo one!! no one needs us and we dont need them!!!
      Well............................ we need the IOS and the idevices but thats a different thing.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I thought it was already trademarked because they shut down a bunch of sites that had "appstore" in their name.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by endwaro View Post
      hahaha yeah?? you kidding right? the app store doesnt need the jailbreak community.

      We are like ninjas we are solo one!! no one needs us and we dont need them!!!
      Well............................ we need the IOS and the idevices but thats a different thing.
      You do know Cydia came out before the App Store right? Therefore Cydia could have given Apple the idea for an App Store much like many features that have obviously been inspired by jailbreak tweaks, the most obvious one I can think of was the folders feature from iOS 4, that's like straight rip-off of categories from Cydia, except done a little better and easier. I think the jailbreak community definitely has influenced the iPhone, just compare iOS 4 to iPhone OS 1.0 there were definitely features added to each iOS that were available in Cydia way before each iPhone firmware came out.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by evolutionarymc View Post
      I think they deserve to keep it solely Apple. Cydia isn't called the "Jailbreak App Store" & correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't Android have the "Marketplace" ??? Surely any company is capable of branding a store to sell their apps without taking such an uninventive route for naming purposes. Lol
      My thought exactly. I feel were they're coming from by saying it's a generic term but at the time of it's creation it wasn't. Android didnt want to follow apple so they dubbed it something else which is what Microsoft should do, create something themselves
    1. reopeadres's Avatar
      reopeadres -
      From what i'm getting with all apple's jumping around on trademark this and copyright that. Is the big monopoly trial thats coming... One day
    1. consultant's Avatar
      consultant -
      Quote Originally Posted by theomer View Post
      Hate? I think apple is a competitive force... But solo control of 'App Store' would very much make the playing field unlevel.
      Don't you realize Microsoft has tried to monopolize "marketplace"?


      Quote Originally Posted by reopeadres View Post
      From what i'm getting with all apple's jumping around on trademark this and copyright that. Is the big monopoly trial thats coming... One day
      Perhaps you should read it again. Apple did not infringe anyone's trademark or copyright. Microsoft wants to steal Apple's "App Store" good will:
      http://obamapacman.com/2011/01/analy...to-fool-uspto/
    1. jius's Avatar
      jius -
      Apple are becoming a big pain in the behind and need to stop their nonsense!!! Whats next to try and 'keep' for themselves? McDonalds next? "Would u like a APPLE(tm) pie with that meal?
    1. gionnan1495's Avatar
      gionnan1495 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kingmofo View Post
      Everybody wants to emulate something that is succesfull and Apple is always 2 steps ahead. How is it that Nokia and Motorolla who were in complete controll of the Cell phone Market never produced a high end Cell phone over the last 20 years. Apple Comes out with the Iphone and every one has some sort of touch screen phone. Apple releases the app store and now everyone wants to do it.
      no offence man, but at least know what you're talking about. Apple was not the first to make a touch a screen phone. This may be wrong but IBM made the first touch screen phone.

      As for the lawsuit, i think apple should lose this one. They're way too monopolistic.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      This is retarded. Invent another name for your store.
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      FunStore...