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Amazon Responds To "App Store" Lawsuit From Apple 414

Posted by samzenpus
from the make-up-your-own-name dept.
tekgoblin writes "Apple had filed a lawsuit in March against Amazon's use of 'App Store' in their newly launched Amazon AppStore. Apple had informed Amazon that using the term 'App Store' was unlawful because they owned the rights to the term itself. In their response Amazon indicates that the term 'App Store' is too generic for Apple to lay claim to the name itself."
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Amazon Responds To "App Store" Lawsuit From Apple

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  • by SuperKendall (25149) on Wednesday April 27, 2011 @03:18PM (#35956342)

    Realism time - at first App Store seems generic. But when, before the Apple "App Store" launched, did anyone ever use the term "app" outside of a restaurant?

    That's the key thing. The slang if you will, is something Apple developed. Like Kleenex or Windows it sounds generic, but that's because it's so widely used now that you think of it as generic when the term really originated with Apple.

    So I don't think it's that silly a suit at all, though I don't care who wins it. I just think there's more of a point to it than most here would credit.

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