Judge rejects Apple ‘App Store’ injunction

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A U.S. judge has rejected Apple’s injunction against Amazon’s use of the name “App Store.” Apple has claimed that Amazon’s use of the words to sell software will “confuse and mislead customers.”

While U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton did not agree that the term is purely generic, she wrote that Apple has not built a strong enough case proving the terms are confusing customers. She will not order Amazon to cease using the terms.

Currently, Amazon uses “AppStore,” with no space between the words, using the label to sell Android software. The company’s store for downloadable Mac software is named the “Mac Download Store.”

The case will be heard in October 2012.

Via: iLounge
Source: Reuters

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