“Microsoft and several major handset makers, including HTC, Nokia and Sony Ericsson, are now opposing Apple’s trademark of the term ‘App Store’ in the European Union for being generic,” Josh Ong reports for AppleInsider.
MacDailyNews Take: You know, because “windows” isn’t generic.
Ong reports, “Microsoft has lodged a formal application for declaration of invalidity of the ‘App Store’ and ‘Appstore’ trademarks with the EU’s Community Trade Mark office, the Digital Daily blog reports. The Redmond, Wash., search giant is joined by HTC, Nokia and Sony Ericsson in opposing the trademark in the EU. ‘Microsoft and other leading technology companies are seeking to invalidate Apple’s trademark registration for APP STORE and APPSTORE because we believe that they should not have been granted because they both lack distinctiveness,’ a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. ‘The undisputed facts establish that ‘app store’ means exactly what it says, a store offering apps, and is generic for the services that the registrations cover.'”
MacDailyNews Take: Doesn’t Microsoft use “program,” not “application” or “app,” in their rinky-dink Mac OS knockoff, anyway?
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MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft can’t help themselves, they’re just assholes acting like assholes. Next they’ll all dress up in dollar-store Darth Vader costumes and stage a public funeral parade for iPad, because they’re a bunch of undisciplined, uncouth, purposeless assholes led by The King of All Clueless Assholes. Well, not really led, but that’s where they get their “ideas.” Besides cobbling together upside-down and backwards copies of Apple products, being a bunch of giant assholes is Microsoft’s truest trademark. Assholery pervades Microsoft’s DNA; instilled by their founders, a couple of very royal assholes themselves.
Otherwise, it’s a fine company (if you like rampant, stifling corporate bureaucracy and bullshit politics; knockoff products that waste their unfortunate users’ time, money, and patience; and stock charts that look like parking lots).
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