“It insisted that the term isn’t commonly used by other companies for their portals and couldn’t be considered generic,” Electronista reports. “Amazon was allegedly treading on Apple’s mark by using the Appstore name as a result.”
Electronista reports, “Along with support from others, Microsoft has been regularly challenging the trademark and has often given answers to many of Apple’s claims… Court submissions have noted that many now use the term generically and has even caught Apple CEO Steve Jobs referring to ‘app stores’ in the generic sense.”
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MacDailyNews Take: If not for Apple, Microsoft and Amazon would today still be waiting to think up their own “Program Stores.”