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July 10, 2013

Apple Drops Amazon Appstore Lawsuit

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Apple has dropped its lawsuit against Amazon which accused the Kindle manufacturer of copying its App Store by calling its own digital marketplace the ‘Amazon Appstore.’

Judge Phyllis Hamilton of the US District Court in the Northern District of California agreed to dismiss the case between the two companies on the fifth anniversary of the App Store’s launch.

While technology companies are no strangers to the courtroom, this case differed in that it was about a trademark rather than about patents. Apple wanted to trademark the ‘App Store’, while Amazon argued that the term was so widely used it could not be owned by one company.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini