Apple and Amazon go toe-to-toe over 'Appstore'
Apple are very fond of lawsuits. They seem to be embroiled in roughly five thousand of them per-day.
One such legal spat was with Amazon over the term 'Appstore'. Apple thought that Amazon's Appstore, which happens to sell Android apps, was going to "confuse and mislead customers". This resulted in Apple asking the courts to stop Amazon from using the term.
Sadly for Apple, a California court told them to get lost.
The judge said: "First, Apple has not established that its 'App Store' mark is famous, in the sense of being 'prominent' and 'renowned'.
"However, there is also evidence that the term 'app store' is used by other companies as a descriptive term for a place to obtain software applications for mobile devices."
Thanks to add-ons being called apps, it does seem a bit much that Apple should make such a request. Amazon agreed, countersuing Apple saying that the term 'app store' is far too generic to stake a claim in. Of course, Apple counter-countersued Amazon saying that it wasn't generic at all, and "on that basis, denies that the Amazon Appstore for Android service is an 'app store'".
Meanwhile, Apple are also trying to stop the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the USA. They clearly don't have enough to be getting on with.
Next Week: Apple sues Granny Smith over the term 'Apple'.