Apple Ramping Up Legal Fight Over Amazon's Use of 'Appstore'
Apple, which had previously sued Amazon over the digital retailer's use of the term "App Store," is said to be aggressively ramping up its fight to become the only nominal "app store" operator of the digital age.
This week, new insights have emerged with regard to the latest court documents filed by Apple in response to Amazon's deployment of the "app store" moniker in their established mobile app storefront. Specifically, Apple says Amazon is trying to trick and confuse consumers.
"Amazon has steadfastly refused to produce documents and information regarding the use of 'for Android' in connection with its service..." Apple says in the filing, 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 goes on to say.
If this story sounds familiar, that's because it is. Last year, Apple first filed suit against Amazon regarding this specific matter. Apple maintains that the "App Store" trademark is being misused, although it should be noted that Apple is still pursuing the trademark itself and doesn't yet control it.