Amazon has succeeded in having Apple’s false advertising lawsuit over its “App Store” trademark thrown out, reports Bloomberg via The Next Web.
In early 2011, Apple sued Amazon over the latter company’s new “Appstore” for Android devices, claiming the ‘app store’ name was trademarked by Apple and would cause confusion amongst consumers.
Apple claimed Amazon’s “inferior” app store would tarnish Apple’s reputation. Last year, a judge indicated skepticism over Apple’s claims, saying Apple had not demonstrated “real evidence of actual confusion” between the various “app stores”, and suggested that Apple was “not likely to prevail” in the case.
Microsoft also fought against Apple, arguing that ‘app store’ is a compound noun that is a generic characterization of the store itself — a store for apps.