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Court Rejects Apple’s Patent Claim against Amazon App Store for Insufficient Evidence
Apple is much clever than our thinking and is habitual of doing its best to save patents even over quite minute and sometimes obviously for ridiculous things. The motive behind these legal ploys is to kill rival companies on the basis of patent issues. Last year, Apple filed a lawsuit against Amazon over usage of the term App Store for its app portal and claimed that Amazon is involved in “false advertising”. In other words, Apple thought that only they have the legal rights to use the term ‘App Store’ for its Apple App Store. But a new report from Bloomberg reveals that a California court has rejected Apple’s false advertising suit against Amazon on the basis of Apple failure for providing sufficient evidence in this regard.
Bloomberg just reports:
“U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, today granted Amazon’s request to throw out one claim in Apple’s lawsuit alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition over the Amazon Appstore for Android, a service begun in March that sells applications for the Kindle Fire and devices running Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android software.”
The story started when Amazon launched its “Amazon Appstore for Android.” Apple claimed that the use of the term ‘Appstore’ from Amazon is for deceiving customers those can think that Amazon’s stores had the same quality apps as they find at Apple’s prestigious applications store- Apple App Store.
But Apple failed to prove its argue;
“The court finds no support for the proposition that Amazon has expressly or impliedly communicated that its Appstore for Android possesses the characteristics and qualities that the public has come to expect from the Apple APP Store and/or Apple products,” Hamilton said.”
However, it is not the end of entire episode. Apple is still awaiting a reply from the US Patent and Trademark Office about the ‘App Store’ trademark. The Cupertino fruit company filed patent application to get the moniker back in 2008, and expects that USPTO’s Board will soon reach a decision in its favor.