Apple and Amazon Settle 'App Store' Dispute

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    The long dispute between Apple and Amazon over the term "App Store" has come to an end, with Apple agreeing to end the lawsuit with promises from Amazon not to countersue, reports Reuters.
    Apple and Amazon's disagreement arose after Amazon debuted the "Amazon Appstore" in March of 2011, three years after Apple launched its own App Store. Apple sued just days after the Amazon Appstore was made available, asking the court to prevent Amazon from using the term as it tarnished the reputation of the Apple App Store.

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    Amazon responded with a request to throw out the trademark suit, calling the "app store" term generic, a position that Microsoft also took when Apple's trademark was originally filed.

    Early this year, Amazon successfully had a portion of Apple's lawsuit dismissed, following claims last year that Apple had failed to demonstrate "real evidence of actual confusion" between app stores, suggesting that Apple was "not likely to prevail" in the suit.



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    Tim Cook seems a lot more willing to settle and avoid these lawsuits.
     
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    So in a sense, Amazon wins this? They get to use the phrase "App Store"?
     
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    This is a good move. Now time to invest money in innovation instead of these lawsuits.
     
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    You mean they only spend money on lawsuits. That's incorrect.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    nope, not even close to an Amazon win. Like the article stated, everyone knows App Store in association with Apple.
    Amazon is simply using similar terms to draw people to theirs..but in the end more people are buying from Apple's App Store.
     
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    I wish more of these suits would end this way. They are a waste of breath and money.
     
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    I know there is confusion as I've seen people with none Apple devices think they are Apple devices and say they even buy apps from the App Store of course they have an iSomething...sorry this is an android-style device, not the same.
     
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    An Apple-Related Lawsuit has been dropped!

    Pop the corks on the champagne!


    Not saying all of the lawsuits Apple is involved with are not valid, I just wish they'd come to an end.
     
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    Yes, Amazon won, Apple lost.
     
  11. macrumors 65816

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    Re-read my post again. Thats not what I said.
     
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    This was definitely one of the more ridiculous lawsuits. Very few courts are going to come to the conclusion that anyone but the most dense individual gets confused between the Apple App Store and the Amazon App Store. It was a pointless lawsuit from the get-go.
     
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    Wrong.

    Amazon wanted to call it appstore. Apple didn't want them to call it appstore.

    Amazon gets to call it appstore.

    Amazon wins.
     
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    So let me get this straight...when Apple is involved in lawsuits, there is no money to spend on innovation? Everybody stops working for the duration of the lawsuit?

    I must assume this is the case since the sentiment expressed in the quoted post so often appears...it's either one or the other, but never both going on simultaneously.

    Just guessing, here...mind you.:p

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    No, he meant they do both.
     
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    its not as if ppl with iphones could get mistaken and download off the amazon app store and vice versa, pointless case to start off with, its a store for apps (aplications) its far too generic to own.
     
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    lol what i mean is, that they can invest more money into other projects instead of these type of lawsuits.
     
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    As ValSalva said, Amazon wins this. The lawsuit wasn't to determine who has/will have better sales, just who can use the App Store moniker. Amazon would seem to have won this battle.
     
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    I think it's a win/win. Both companies can stop wasting money on frivolous lawsuits as I really think the term app store/appstore is generic enough and isn't really going to draw additional customers to either company.
     
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    companies are so fussy fussy these days.
     
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    Nope. it goto the point Apple didnt care because Amazon is not really making an economic impact from AppStore. Apple is definitely onto bigger and better things.
     
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    In this case it was very sensible given how stupid it was in the first place. There was no way in hell Apple would get the rights to take control of 'Appstore' as a term.

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    Uh yes. It was an Amazon win. Amazon wanted to use the term - and now they can. Amazon win, regardless of how you put it. It had nothing to do with sales figures or statistics, it was the naming.

    Amazon won - fact.
     
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    You apparently have no idea how much money Apple has. Hint: they have LOTS and LOTS of money. If you think they have been holding back on R&D due to their legal budget, you're wrong.
     
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    Who the hell are you trying to fool here? We get it, you're a die hard fan of Apple, we all love Apple but we're not all so stuborn that we cant admit when Apple looses out.

    The facts are:

    - Amazon wanted to be able to legally use the term 'Appstore'
    - Apple didn't want them to be able to do that.
    - Apple gave up in the end.
    - Amazon got what they wanted from the get go.

    You can come up with ifs and buts all day long, but the fact is, Amazon won.
     
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    Apple is probably one of the largest contributors to the horrible state of the patent system in the US.
     

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