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Apple denied injunction on Amazon's use of 'Appstore' term

By Jos · 12 replies
Jul 7, 2011
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  1. Back in March, Amazon launched its own Android App Store and was promptly greeted with a formal complaint by Apple, claiming the name is too similar to its own App…

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  2. lmike6453

    lmike6453 TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +6

    Why doesn't Apple just come up with a better name like insert_name_here
  3. paynetrain007

    paynetrain007 TS Rookie Posts: 88

    I just think it is hilarious that Apple thinks their claim to App Store is the same as Microsoft's claim to Windows. That is just kind of arrogant. the trademarking of iOS would be similar to Windows not appstore. app store is basically just a store to buy applications very generic. Why doesn't apple name it istore? To go along with the naming of all their other mobile products?
  4. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    I love how Judges fit in the category of mouth breathers....
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    At this point its just Stevie trying to push his weight around the universe. Take a huge ego, that has been stroked beyond belief in the past few years, and add impending death, and you have this situation in which a man wants to leave some kind of legacy behind him. But instead of leaving a legacy of great consumer electronics, which led the smartphone era, he'll be remembered as a controlling apple-hole who refused to believe he can make a mistake, do any wrong, or be challenged in any way.
  6. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 599   +56

    I've said this dozens of times before, but all that Apple has to do is put their name infront, and they have the entirely non-generic, trademarkable name "Apple App Store".

  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    I don't have a problem with Apple losing this.

    Although I would like to point out that in the Windows world, what you ran were called "Programs". In the Apple world, what you ran were called "Applications". Maybe in the smartphone world they were called applications to begin with? (I don't have a smartphone, never have, so I don't know), so if blackberries' programs were called Apps before the iPhone then I don't understand Apple's argument very much. But if things only started being called Apps after the iPhone, then I understand Apple's gripe.
  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,837   +1,180

    Windows and Appstore are different, paynetrain. Windows is the name of a software product, when you buy Windows you don't have a Home Depot delivery truck pull up to your door and start unloading them. the App store isn't a brand (or whatever the legal term is)

    I don't understand why Apple is bent on the naming rights... it's not like they need to be worried about iPhone users accidentally using the Android App Store and buying non apple apps. These app stores are mutually exclusive.
  9. TekGun

    TekGun TS Booster Posts: 160   +24

    "Apple countered back by reminding Microsoft that it successfully trademarked "Windows" a few decades ago"

    Yea and if Microsoft actually made windows that fit in the openings of buildings they might have a point, this argument is just not the same thing at all.
  10. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 451   +21

    Exactly! And if I decided to create a window frame and installation business called Pino's Windows, or simply Windows, there is nothing that Microsoft will be able to do because it is a completely difference business in which the trademark itself relates to. That response from Apple is incredibly childish and just reminds me why I hate this computer fascist company.

  11. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +280

    I was using applications/apps on smartphones (and PDAs / PocketPCs before them) long before Apple launched the iPhone. Apple just likes to take credit for making the term "App" mainstream (and, honestly, they have a point there). But Apple simply adopted the term "application" for their programs, they did not invent the term, so for them to try to trademark and hold "app store" hostage is just the epitome of arrogance.
  12. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Hit the nail on the head there, all they really did was make the word App mainstream, applications (aka programs) have been around for a long time
  13. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    Good ruling. As has been noted by others on many occassions, why in the world didn't Apple go with iStore? Then they would win this type of case hands down.

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