Apple: Amazon's Appstore Isn't an 'App Store'

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    The dispute between Apple and Amazon over the term "App Store" continues, with Apple filing a new document with the court claiming that Amazon's "Appstore for Android" can't possibly be an app store because the term is a non-generic one referring only to Apple's App Store. Apple's official response comes via Bloomberg:
    Apple sued Amazon in late March over the "App Store" term after Amazon rolled out its marketplace for Android applications. Amazon fired back late last month, arguing that the term is generic and filing a counterclaim against Apple seeking dismissal of the original suit, reimbursement of costs, and a declaratory judgment giving Amazon free rein to use the term.

    Apple is fighting a similar battle simply in trying to have the "App Store" trademark officially recognized. Microsoft in particular has been working hard to convince trademark examiners that the term is generic and not specific to Apple's implementation, using as one of its most important pieces of evidence quotes from Apple CEO Steve Jobs using the term generically to refer to non-Apple application stores.

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    Sounds like a tautology to me.
     
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    let the games begin...

    lets go..
     
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    Their app store isn't an app store?

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    this is retarded, let's be honest here. retarded same way like amazon's one-click or microsoft's windows trademarks.
     
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    Your store that sells apps isnt an app store
     
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    Is a game an app?
     
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    They're only CALLED apps because Apple started calling them apps when they started their app store.

    Before that they were called APPLICATIONS (or even, dare I say it? PROGRAMS).

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to clean my xerox with a kleenex so I can ebay a copy of my jeep. When I'm done I'll hoover the floor.
     
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    Sounds like Apple is going to lose another one.
     
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    Apple's going to trademark word every word in the dictionary and sue everbody in the country.
     
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    Is is really going to matter after tomorrow anyways? ;)

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    Amazon's appstore shouldn't be called appstore because our app store is the app store.

    Confusion ensues.
     
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    Almost certain one-click refers to the way they implemented easily purchasing things and how Windows is only referring to OS implementations of WHY AM I DIGNIFYING YOU WITH A RESPONSE
     
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    Apple,

    I love you buddy, but you are coming off looking stupid on this one. Give it up please and get back to working on my wireless sync.
     
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    Even if they dont lose this one, they've "lost it".
     
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    Apple is wrong and stupid

    For every reason I loved Apple when they were the scrappy little dog, they are behaving very poorly here, and I hope Amazon crushes them in their counter-suit.

    Rather than try to copyright generic terms, innovate Apple! You're better than this!
     
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    Apple's response to this claim seems to just be 'you can't call it an app store because we said so' without any substantive evidence.
     
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    I'm not with apple on this

    Customers are intelligent enough to differentiate one store from the other.

    Are you doubting your customers apple?
     
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    I'm tired of every no-account, ethics free, innovation-incapable company just ripping off apple's work and getting away with it.

    Apple didn't coin the term "store", but they did coin the term "app".

    App is a legitimate trademark.

    Amazon needs to lose here.
     
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    Funny... I download "Apps" from the Amazon's Appstore all the time.
     
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    Oh no, not again. Courts, please settle this, either way, so we can be done with the pointless argument. As if the repetitive, belabored discussion on MR will resolve the case. Both sides have merit, or or their respective suits would already have been dismissed by the courts.
     
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    "app" has never been a generic term. It was never used until apple coined it. And they aren't "copyrighting" it, which you can't do, they are trademarking it, and using this form of IP correctly.

    It is really sad to see so many people so ready to believe that Apple is some big bad company without ethics.

    Apple plays by the rules. Amazon, however, for instance, is a reprehensible company that abuses and defrauds its employees, has no regard for its customers, and bullies everyone in the business. Of course people outside the business have a completely different perception because they've never had to deal with amazon.
     
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    "App" is not even a word that exists in the dictionary.

    Do you guys even think about what you're saying?
     
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    don't forget to google for the going price of your jeep before ebaying it.

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    No you don't, you download APK's. It should be APK store! /s

    (The logic applied here is the "apple use .app extension" logic, despite the fact that their mobile applications use "ipa" extension.)
     

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