Apple Defends Against Microsoft in 'App Store' Trademark Dispute

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Back in January, Microsoft filed an objection to Apple's trademark application for the term "App Store", arguing that Apple had usurped a generic term for its trademark, causing confusion and difficulties for other companies seeking to promote their own application marketplaces.

    TechFlash now reports that Apple has hit back at Microsoft in the dispute, arguing that Microsoft has failed to prove the generic nature of the term and takes a dig at Microsoft and its own work to secure "Windows" as a non-generic trademark.
    Apple response points directly to the alternative names used by other companies for their own application marketplaces as evidence of the non-generic nature of the "App Store" term, and notes that the company has taken steps to protect the trademark from becoming a generic term by reaching out to entities that have used it improperly.

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will now consider the case and determine to grant Microsoft's motion or allow the trademark case to go to trial for a final resolution.

    Article Link: Apple Defends Against Microsoft in 'App Store' Trademark Dispute
  2. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
  3. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Apple's got the best lawyers and $60 billion dollars. You aren't going to beat them in court, ever, anywhere.
  4. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
  5. CrimeS macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2009
    That's hilarious. oh Microsoft, you're hypocrisy is quite funny.
  6. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    I think Windows will lose this..

    Apple has done enough to develop and present the App Store to hold mark rights to it...
  7. camelsnot macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2011
    and at Apple for trying to trademark generic names/terms. They spend more money filing patents than on innovation at this point.. ipad 1.5 case in point.
  8. TigerWoodsIV macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    If anyone should be suing about App Store it's android, so google. What app store does Microsoft have? Its phones are a joke and what tablet? Yes there's a mac app store, which microsoft could try and copy, but it's famous bc of a mobile platform.

    And yes, windows? I have windows in my room, but I certainly don't have an App Store anywhere? How is app store more generic. They should really just give it up and stop paying their lawyers for nonsense lawsuits.
  9. Full of Win macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    Nov 22, 2007
    Ask Apple
  10. bassfingers macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2010
  11. sbgirling macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2008
  12. pjarvi macrumors 65816


    Jan 11, 2006
    Round Lake, IL
    Windows is a product, App Store is a service. Apples and Oranges (no pun intended).
  13. TigerWoodsIV macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    If they didn't innovate, they couldn't file patents. Think about that one.
  14. WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2009
    Hermitage, TN
    I fully expect this thread to have a 99% ratio of positive to negative in this thread.
  15. adamran macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; U; CPU OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Right. Are you forgetting who they are against? Apples opponent isn't exactly poor.
  16. TigerWoodsIV macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    This needs to stop before it goes any further lol. Everyone knows Apple is Apple, windows is Microsoft, and app store is apple. That's good enough...this trivial BS is ridiculous by whoever starts it, and in this case it was Microsoft.
  17. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

    Mattie Num Nums

    Mar 5, 2009
    Nokia and Microsoft file lots (and own a lot of key) patents. Yet, all I hear about them is how they aren't innovators.
  18. dscottbuch macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2002
    and...??? Product or service has no impact on the viability of a trademark.
  19. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    So apparently, Apple won... Microsoft, forgot their own brands... well. This is a trivial matter at any point.

    If Microsoft would have won, it would mean squat to average Joe consumer as everyone now a days understands the App Store as iPhone OS dependency, not Windows Mobile.
  20. theelysium Suspended


    Nov 18, 2008
    Boo Microsoft

    Selfish Microsoft..

    They coin the most generic term "Windows" and when they lose out this round to "App Store" they want to whine.

    Bugger off Microsoft you missed it!

    I bet you anything if Microsoft was first to the "App Store" name they would try to patent it. They're so two faced!:mad:
  21. TigerWoodsIV macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    All these companies try to innovate. Pretty sure people like Jony Ive aren't filing patents, they're trying to design products. Apple has just been more successful lately so now everyone expects them to have great innovations all the time when companies like Microsoft, Nokia, RIM, etc. haven't had anything big in a while.
  22. pr5owner macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2007
    windows is an operating system
    Microsoft is the company that filed the complaint (as well as some others i believe)

    what are you talking about?

    also app store is pretty lame to trademark, its like pepsi being the only company to use a shade of blue, its ridiculous bs.
  23. headfuzz macrumors 6502


    Apr 13, 2007
    Brighton, UK
  24. theelysium Suspended


    Nov 18, 2008
    Microsoft, Nokia and RIM have done big things this year... i.e. their big stock drops... lol does that count?
  25. Andronicus, Mar 1, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2011

    Andronicus macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2008
    Yah, but just a brief glimpse of your post history suggests to take anything you say with a grain of salt. It seems in your eyes Apple can do no good and google is nothing but good, which begs to question why you're here in the first place?

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