Apple’s App Store: approved but defeated in court

Apple is known for not being slow to take competitors to court and, true to form, it battled it out with Amazon for over two years over the use of the term ‘App Store’. The suit was first filed in 2001, when Amazon had the temerity to name the facility that sold apps on Android as the Appstore. Apple claimed that this was an improper use of its trademarked ‘app store’ terminology.
After a judge denied a request for an injunction that would legally bar Amazon from using the name, Apple continued to fight them in court, until it decided to cut its losses in 2014. Apple claimed it chose to drop the case because its App Store brand had grown strong enough to not require additional legal protection.

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