Apple and Amazon Settle ‘App Store’ Lawsuit

Apple and Amazon have settled a lawsuit (Apple Inc v. Inc et al, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Case No. 11-01327) over who has the right to use the term "app store," as a destination to sell applications for their respective platforms. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, on Tuesday dismissed the case at the companies' request, killing a trial that was set to begin on August 19. The settlement came about when Apple promised not to sue, and Amazon promised to ditch its counterclaim in the case.

The original fight was started by Apple, who felt that, because it had been using the name "app Store" since 2008 for its iOS digital storefront, that Amazon didn't have the right to use it. Amazon began calling its digital distribution portal the Appstore for Android in March 2011. Apple began the lawsuit later that month.

"We no longer see a need to pursue our case," Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told Reuters. "With more than 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, customers know where they can purchase their favorite apps."

"We're gratified that the court has conclusively dismissed this case," Amazon spokeswoman Mary Osako told Reuters. "We look forward to continuing our focus on delivering the best possible appstore experience to customers and developers."

Source: Reuters by way of Andrew Eisen.


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