History, it seems, is about to repeat itself for Apple in the courtroom.
Several months ago, MMi covered the decision handed down by the presiding judge in Apple's legal showdown with Samsung. You may recall that the court ordered the respective company chiefs at Apple and Samsung to speak in hopes of expediting an amicable resolution to the increasingly acrimonious legal skirmish facilitated by the warring tech giants.
Well, we all know how well that turned out. But despite the lack of resolution coming from those talks, U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte isn't abandoning hope for the good that can come from open communication between legal combatants. And for that reason, Judge Laporte is ordering Amazon to hold settlement talks with Amazon regarding the fair usage of the term "app store."
That's right, we're still talking about this.
Apple is seeking a court order to block Amazon from using the term Appstore in its service to sell software for devices running Google Inc.ís Android operating system. Apple alleges the online retailer infringes its trademark and violates unfair competition laws.