Apple drops 'app store' lawsuit against Amazon

Summary:The two-year lawsuit against Amazon's use of the term 'app store' has come to an end.

After two years, Apple no longer wants to legally pursue Amazon over the use of the term "app store".

In 2011, Apple launched its lawsuit against Amazon over the use of the phrase "app store". Back then, Amazon was preparing to launch an Android app store for its Kindle tablets. Amazon now uses the term "Appstore" across its website.

"With more than 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, customers know where they can purchase their favourite apps," an Apple statement said.

"We no longer see a need to pursue our case against Amazon."

In January this year, US District Judge Phyllis Hamilton dismissed Apple's claim that Amazon was engaged in false advertising by using the term "app store", to confuse consumers into thinking the company was affiliated with Apple's App Store .

Amazon had argued that "app store" is too generic to be trademarked.

In 2008, Apple launched its App Store, while Amazon opened its online marketplace in 2011 for its Android-powered Kindle tablets.

Topics: Apple, Amazon, Legal, Developer


Spandas forayed into tech journalism in 2009 as a fresh university graduate spurring her passion for all things tech. Based in Australia, Spandas covers enterprise and business IT.

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