Apple sues Amazon over 'Appstore' name, alleging trademark infringement
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 22/03/2011 22:45
Apple has filed a lawsuit against Amazon accusing the Web retail giant of copyright infringement over the name "app store."
The complaint, filed Friday, is over the name of Amazon's new store for mobile phone applications: It's called "Amazon Appstore."
Apple calls its iOS app store "App Store" and alleges that the Amazon Appstore name is too close -- illegally close -- to its trademark.
"Recently, Amazon has begun improperly using Apple's APP STORE mark in connection with Amazon's mobile software developer program," Apple said in its complaint. "Amazon has also taken actions which, on information and belief, evidence Amazon's intent to improperly use Apple's mark in connection with Amazon's mobile software download service. Amazon's present and intended uses are unauthorized and unlawful."
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Apple Sues Amazon.com Over APP STORE Trademark
Apple Inc has sued Amazon.com Inc in a bid to stop the online retailer from improperly using Apple's APP STORE trademark, according to a court filing.
The lawsuit, filed in a California federal court late last week, said Amazon has improperly used Apple's APP STORE mark to solicit software developers throughout the United States.
Apple sues Amazon over 'Appstore' name
Apple is suing Amazon in a bid to stop the online retail giant from using the name Appstore.
The California-based firm, which makes iPhones and iPads, claims that the name is deliberately similar to its own App Store.
"It will confuse and mislead customers," said Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet.
Amazon's Appstore will offer downloadable applications for Google's Android operating system.