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    Apple sues Amazon over 'Appstore' name

    BBC News - Apple sues Amazon over 'Appstore' name

    What I love is this line from Apple:
    "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."
    Despite the fact elsewhere in the article it says:
    Amazon's Appstore will offer downloadable applications for Google's Android operating system
    Here's a clue Apple, you barely approve of any apps in the Apple App Store, I highly doubt people on an Android phone will be thinking "oohh should I download this Android App, I'm not sure if Apple have approved it for use on my HTC Desire".

    Following suit I will be suing all schools who have a website with the word "school" in, because some parents may not be able to tell the difference between my school and your school website.

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    Can we all stop using the term App now? Is Application too long? Or Software or Program??

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    heh. Apple goes banana's over trademarks again....

    They've fought with Apple Corps for 30 years (company formed by the beatles), and they went to court with Cisco a while back; turns out Cisco trademarked the iphone name.... They settled out of court for mutual usage.

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    turns out Cisco trademarked the iphone name.... They settled out of court for mutual usage.
    I think it was because Cisco had the copyright for the term IOS.

    Anyway myself i wouldnt have used the term apps store, as someone else does. I would use something unique

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I think it was because Cisco had the copyright for the term IOS.

    Anyway myself i wouldnt have used the term apps store, as someone else does. I would use something unique
    yeah like the aStore ( a as in amazon )

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I think it was because Cisco had the copyright for the term IOS.
    No, Cisco had a product called the iPhone which was part of their VOIP lineup. They registered the trademark back in the year 2000. See here for a bit more info: BBC NEWS | Business | Apple and Cisco share iPhone name

    Apple got wise to this when they renamed iPhone OS to iOS and made sure that they had the right to call their product iOS before they rebranded.

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    They're going to lose that battle. There is no crossover between Apple's store and Amazon's (they serve different markets), and both brands are massively strong on their own, regardless of the name of the store. People buy apps from 'Itunes' not the App Store. It isn't even a recognisable brand name. Just like people will buy their apps from 'Amazon' and forget the App Store bit.

    Not to mention, I don't think 'App' could be trademarkable, as others had used it before Apple, and it is rather generic now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    They're going to lose that battle. There is no crossover between Apple's store and Amazon's (they serve different markets), and both brands are massively strong on their own, regardless of the name of the store. People buy apps from 'Itunes' not the App Store. It isn't even a recognisable brand name. Just like people will buy their apps from 'Amazon' and forget the App Store bit.

    Not to mention, I don't think 'App' could be trademarkable, as others had used it before Apple, and it is rather generic now.
    i cant see appstore being any more tradmarkable than say bookstore or foodstore

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    Apple: don't forget to sue Granny Smith and Golden Delicious. You know, because when we're in Asda and buy two Apples for 39p we might be confused over whether we are purchasing some edible goods or two mobile phones. What with us being thick and everything and not being able to work out differences between things unless you look out for us and sue the confusing parties!

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    Steve Jobs has clearly told his lawyers to find something to do or clear off.

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    If only this old addage kept the lawyers away too!

    "An Apple a Day keeps the Doctors Away!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Not to mention, I don't think 'App' could be trademarkable, as others had used it before Apple, and it is rather generic now.
    Aren't MS taking Apple to court (or taking legal action in some manner) to try and stop Apple trademarking App already?

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    They should call it the Ap Store

    If Apple can shorten Application to App and trademark it then Amazon can shorten Application to Ap

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    Quote Originally Posted by somabc View Post
    They should call it the Ap Store

    If Apple can shorten Application to App and trademark it then Amazon can shorten Application to Ap
    Or maybe even "A Store" - but then if Apple were to do that, they'd attempt to sue everyone (not much different than normal then!) to stop people getting confused between whether they're buying fart apps or groceries...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Aren't MS taking Apple to court (or taking legal action in some manner) to try and stop Apple trademarking App already?
    I remember reading something about that, yeah. Found this about it - Microsoft Taking Apple to Court Over App Store Trademark Specs, Reviews, News and Price Info - MobileWhack

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