Apple sues Amazon over app store name

Tuesday 22 March 2011 | 09:15 CET | News
Apple is suing Amazon.com over its use of the phrase 'app store', accusing the online retailer of trademark infringement. In a complaint filed in federal court for the Northern District of California, Apple asked the court for an injunction stopping Amazon from using the name as well as unspecified damages, the Wall Street Journal reports. Apple said consumers could be confused as to whether Amazon's mobile software download service is sponsored or approved by Apple. Apple registered for a trademark on the term App Store in July 2008. The court filing says Amazon began using the phrase around January of this year to refer to its own mobile app storefront. Amazon, however, cites it as 'Appstore', with no space and a lower case 's'. Although Apple's trademark was approved by authorities, it is also being challenged by Microsoft and is currently subject to proceedings before an appeals board of the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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