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Apple suffers blow in Amazon 'App Store' complaint
Apple suffers blow in Amazon 'App Store' complaint
January 4, 2013 | By Mike Rose

January 4, 2013 | By Mike Rose
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Apple has suffered a blow in its complaint against Amazon's use of the term "app store," as a judge has dismissed the claim that Amazon's use of the term is false advertising.

The iOS company originally filed the complaint in 2011, stating that Amazon's Android "Appstore" infringes on Apple's trademark, and provides unfair competition for the company.

A U.S. District Judge has now stated that Amazon's own Appstore does not possess the characteristics or qualities of Apple's own online store, and therefore it is unlikely that consumers will confuse the two, reports Bloomberg.

Other parts of the Apple complaint, including the alleged trademark infringement, are still scheduled for trial in August -- although a judge presiding over the case has previously said that Apple will probably lose.


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Pedro Figueira
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Honestly, Apple will soon enought sue itself.

It might sound dickish, but i honestly root for the other part whenever they go unto those ridiculous legal wars.

Pedro Figueira
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BTW, Apple fought against a Brazillian company called Gradiente over the use of the "iPhone" title.
Gradiente had this name registered since 2001, when they released their own IPhone.

They've released the product once again, surely trying to win consumers with the misleading name (which is pretty much unethical) of iPhone. Apple naturally sued them and lost, since the name pre-dated their smartphone.

90% of Apple's "inovations" don't belong to them. I wonder how the hell they managed to look like they're so innovative in tech fields and raised such a hype on their products.

I might be totally wrong, but as far as i'm concerned, that is my opinion.

Dave Ingram
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I'm with you, Pedro. Every other week we hear about Apple making these frankly immature moves. "No one else can make an app store called an app store" is just about as silly as it gets, in my opinion. They put so much energy into litigation these days that their competitors have a huge opportunity to bypass them in innovation.

Lex Allen
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I'm glad the judge made the right decision. There's nothing worse that brand protection management people with nothing to do.

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