Apple Suing Amazon Over “App Store”

Apple is suing Amazon.com for trademark infringement after Amazon launched its own App Store.

In a suit filed Friday last week, Apple asked the Federal Court in the Northern District of California for an injunction against Amazon to force the e-retailer to stop using the name, and also for unspecified damages.

Apple said in its complaint, “Consumers of mobile software downloads are likely to be confused as to whether Amazon’s mobile software download service is sponsored or approved by Apple.

Apple and Amazon have grown increasingly competitive recently with the sales of e-books, digital music, and movies. Apple trademarked its “App Store” in July 2008, and the App Store is a section of Apple’s iTunes that sells applications, TV shows, games, and music for iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads.

Court documents state that Amazon began using the name “Appstore” (which is all one word, and a lowercase S) in January 2011. Amazon’s Android Appstore will launch today.

“We’ve asked Amazon not to copy the App Store name because it will confuse and mislead customers,” an Apple spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal.

 Amazon declined to comment on the issue. What do you guys think? Is this a case of copyright infringement?


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