Apple Sues Amazon Over Trademark

Bloomberg, Tuesday, March 22, 2011 10:20 AM
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Apple is suing Amazon.com on the claim that the online retailer is improperly using Apple's "App Store" trademark for a mobile software developer program. In a complaint filed on March 18 in California, Apple accused Amazon.com of trademark infringement and unfair competition and asked for a court order to prevent the company from using the "App Store" name, as well as for unspecified damages, Bloomberg reports.

"Amazon has begun improperly using Apple's App Store mark in connection with Amazon's mobile software developer program," Apple said in the complaint cited by Bloomberg. "Amazon also plans to use the name with a mobile software download service, the complaint states," according to Bloomberg. Apple's App Store offers downloads of software programs from the company and third-party developers, for users of its iPhones, iPods and iPads. There have been more than 10 billion downloads through the service since it was started in 2008, Apple claims in its suit.

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