can two apps have same name in appstore?

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    can two apps have a same name in appstore?
    I want to develop a app but that name has been taken already by somebody. Can i use the same name and publish an application?
     
  2. macrumors 65816

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    Yes, search "Units". I wouldn't recommend it though, people might associate your great app with their bad app and you don't want to do marketing just to have them search the store and download their app.
     
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    Do you really want someone else's app with the same name as yours? Better to be unique. If someone has got there before you...bad luck...pick another name.

    This is YOUR app, (hopefully) it's special to you. Give it your best shot.
     
  4. macrumors member

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    You need to consult an attorney. There may be copyright/trademark issues associated with taking the name of somebody else's property that is already in commercial use. I am not a lawyer, but I gotta love them for just this purpose.

    Best non-professional advice: change the name of your app.

    Try www.uspto.gov before you commit to a design for your stationary. They love and cooperate with everyone in the whole wide world.

    Doug
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    You can't copyright a name, but you can trademark it.
     
  6. macrumors 603

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    There are also lots of generic names that cannot be trademarked, or have lost their trademark due to generic use. It's unlikely that someone can trademark a calculator called "Calculator" (which was probably a job title before the industrial revolution).


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  7. macrumors 6502a

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    But if it is trademarked, it can still be used as long as your apps aren't in the same genre, right? I'm thinking back to all the apple records and apple computers stuff, it wasn't a case for the judge until apple broke into music.
     
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    dejo

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    Not exactly. Apple Corps has sued Apple Computer as far back as 1978, long before Apple Computer broke into music.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    But it wasn't until fairly recently, after the iPod and iTunes store, that they were successful. Right?
     
  10. macrumors 603

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    Nope. They were successful back then and Apple Computer had to settle.

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  11. macrumors regular

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    Yes, my game, Linx, has the same name as another game, but they are quite different.

    I may have to change the name of my app in future to differentiate it, but we'll see.
     

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