Feds May Decide if Apple's 'App Store' Can Co-Exist with Amazon's 'Appstore'
Listen up, Amazon... “appstore” is neither generic or legally permissible for you to use. That's the message Apple is essentially sending to Amazon. Again.
In a bitter battle that has ended up in a courtroom showdown, Apple is refusing to "play nice" and let others share in the promotional rewards of having an "app store"" to call their own. And thankfully for those of us who are utterly tired of reading about this lingering app store war, perhaps a resolution - but not an amicable one - will soon be reached in the court of law.
In yet another filing this week in a California federal court, Apple has once again pursued legal channels to express its displeasure over Amazon's use of “Appstore” - despite the fact that Amazon presents "Appstore" is one word. According to Amazon, “the words ‘app store' together denote a store for apps, such as the app stores operated by Amazon and Apple.”
"Apple denies that, based on their common meaning, the words 'app store' together denote a store for apps," Apple said in its filing yesterday, illustrating the company's commitment to keeping the fight alive. "Apple denies that the words 'app store' are commonly used among many businesses to describe mobile software download services and further denies that the term 'app store market' is used to describe the market for mobile software download services."
Indeed, no matter how far Amazon pushes its argument, Apple isn't going to back down. And, for this reason, it's apparent that federal courts may ultimately have no choice but to settle what Apple and Amazon can't seem to work out between themselves.
Source: PC World