“Apple Inc may face hurdles in stopping online retailer Amazon.com Inc from using Apple’s App Store name through a trademark lawsuit, a U.S. judge indicated at a hearing on Wednesday,” Dan Levine and Poornima Gupta report for Reuters.
“At the hearing in an Oakland federal court on Wednesday, District Judge Phyllis Hamilton said… Apple had a ‘stumbling block’ in proving that anyone would confuse Apple’s App Store for Amazon’s Appstore for Android, the individual said,” Levine and Gupta report. “Hamilton did not make a final ruling at the hearing, court records show.”
Levine and Gupta report, “Apple claims in the lawsuit that Amazon is unlawfully using the App Store name in connection with what Amazon calls the ‘Amazon Appstore Developer Portal,’ along with other instances like advertisements for a version of Angry Birds, the popular mobile game. Apple has also asserted a claim of unfair competition, and is seeking to enjoin Amazon from using the App Store mark.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]
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