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  • Apple Accuses Amazon of 'False Advertising'


    On the heels of hot and heavy rumors suggesting that Amazon is poised to release a smartphone to compete with the iPhone next year, Apple is blasting the juggernaut online retailer for "false advertising." And, as you might imagine, this has something to do with this week's successful launch of the Kindle Fire tablet.

    Having already filed suit against Amazon over its use of the term "App Store," Apple took matters further Wednesday by amending its original complaint to acknowledge how Amazon has been engaged in false advertising practices since the Android tablet was first unveiled six weeks ago. Since that time, Amazon has been focusing on the name "Amazon Appstore" as opposed to the "Amazon Appstore for Android."

    "Amazon's use is also likely to lessen the goodwill associated with Apple's App Store service and Apple products designed to utilize Apple's App Store service by associating Apple's App Store service with the inferior qualities of Amazon's service," Apple added to its filing, tossing in a few screen shots for a visual representation of Amazon's alleged transgressions.

    Beyond the filing's amendment, Apple is not offering official comment on the accusations levied against Amazon. This simply illustrates another telling example of how Apple will not relent until any reference to an "App Store" leads back to the Cupertino, California-based tech giant.

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Accuses Amazon of 'False Advertising' started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mpdunill73 View Post
      Microsoft doesn't have its own phone as yet, it uses other hardware manufacturers phones to put their software on. Im also getting tired of apple and their moaning. do they really think people are that thick to mistake amazons app store to the apple app store????
      I don't think it's confusion. I think it's the words app store they don't like. Apple thought of it first and doesn't want anyone to use it
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      False advertising? is this the same company that stated "The first dual core tablet to ship in mass (or is it en mass?) when the Motorola Xoom was already on store shelves and the iPad 2 had NOT shipped a single unit because they were still taking back orders?!!?!?!
    1. Cellular's Avatar
      Cellular -
      I believe they trademarked "app store" not "AppStore" two words verses one word... You got this Amazon <3 I r amazon fan boy lol
    1. davesnothere11's Avatar
      davesnothere11 -
      Brand identity is very valuable to any company. Makes sense to protect it by legal means.
    1. versatilias's Avatar
      versatilias -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLoveWindows&iPhone View Post
      Hahahaha, man that was funny! I actually LOL'd, not just typing LOL like normal. But I'm ya...Windows does have a phone...it's called....wait for it.........Windows Phone!!

      Anyways, looks like Amazon is moving up on Apples hit list.
      yea... i LOL'd at his also... then i LOL'd at yours... hahaha!!! good one...

      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      I don't think it's confusion. I think it's the words app store they don't like. Apple thought of it first and doesn't want anyone to use it
      The Palm Centro phone actually used "App Store" (exactly spelled) before the iPhone, but Palm never trademarked it.

      apple didnt think of it first... they copied it and then want nobody else to use the term "app store"
    1. Tlehmann's Avatar
      Tlehmann -
      Quote Originally Posted by digitalrio View Post
      With more than 80 billion in the bank Apple already rules the world... and the world doesn't need another uninspired "me-too" device. There are too many crapdroid phones out there trying to mimic Apple's success. This is where innovation ends in favor of the Chinese and the Koreans.. Come up with something new and inspiring then people might listen...
      Right, no other company has innovated in the smartphone market. Not LG with the first dual core phone, not Samsung with 720p displays. Not Asus, who will soon have a quad core tablet. Apple has been playing catch-up to other technologies for a while. The "crapdroid" phones are there because Android is an open-source OS. Any manufacturer can use it, and therefore a terrible manufacturer can make the OS look bad. Would iOS look as good if it were running on $80 phones with sub-par specs? Android wouldn't look nearly as bad if HTC, Motorola,
      and Samsung were the only hardware manufacturers.
    1. Beastly L92's Avatar
      Beastly L92 -
      Quote Originally Posted by syedsufyan View Post
      what the f!@#$% apple?!?!?!?!?!



      I know seriously. Amazon's inferior service? Very funny apple roflmfao. If Apple keeps this !@#$ up, I'm pretty sure they will lose all of their customers.
      I'm positive that Amazon's service is inferior to Apple's. How could it not be? Apple is ridiculously entrenched in this arena. Amazon is in its first week. Apple won't lose anything. Last I checked, after one month there's still a 3 week wait for a 4s. There isn't a 3 minute wait for a Fire. No one (average consumer) cares about it. A month and a half from now, no one will remember it.

      Meanwhile, Apple's near 1 year old tablet will be in the top 5 of people's Christmas wish-lists.

      Wanna save a few bucks? Don't mind a laggy, glitchy, semi-beta OS? Don't mind lesser quality hardware wrapped in cheap plastic casing? Loath simplicity? Buy an Android.

      Back to topic, you think Microsoft would mind if Apple renamed Safari to Internet Explorer? I mean, MS didn't invent the browser, right? The argument "Apple didn't invent the app marketplace, therefore anyone can ripoff their product name" is hopelessly ignorant at best.

      Get mad at Apple. Stay mad. Sh*t, get madder. But Apple had the right to defend their intellectual property. After all, they busted ***. They invested billions. They simplified. They delivered. They SHOULD strike down those who wish to copy, ripoff and blatantly ride their coattails to success.

      If AppStore was your idea, with billions at stake, would you let a competitor steal your name and try to cash in on your success?
    1. Galrash's Avatar
      Galrash -
      Quote Originally Posted by versatilias View Post
      yea... i LOL'd at his also... then i LOL'd at yours... hahaha!!! good one...



      The Palm Centro phone actually used "App Store" (exactly spelled) before the iPhone, but Palm never trademarked it.

      apple didnt think of it first... they copied it and then want nobody else to use the term "app store"

      It's a brand, and a well known one at that. Whether they thought of it first or not is irrelevant, its their brand now and it makes them a lot of money. Why wouldn't they try to protect it?

      Any company would. If you're Wal-Mart and some store opens up next door called Walmart too or something, wouldn't you want that changed as well?
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Microsoft doesn't usually make their own hardware. That's why their Microsoft and not Microhard.

      Hooha!
    1. iPhonePutz's Avatar
      iPhonePutz -
      The name doesn't even have to be an exact match. In my home town, a lady by the name of Sara Buck opened a coffee shop using her name on the sign. It didn't take long for the lawyers to show up and shut her down. Right or wrong, it happens all the time.