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Apple Does Not Own The Term “Appstore”

Apple had filed suit against Amazon for use of the word Appstore in their…uhm app store. It’s still in litigation but the judge has let their opinion be known. From Bloomberg:

U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton said today after a hearing in Oakland, California, that she is “probably” going to deny the motion because Apple hasn’t demonstrated confusion among consumers. Hamilton said she will review court filings before issuing a final decision.

Apple’s difficulty demonstrating “real evidence of actual confusion” among consumers is a “stumbling block for Apple,” Hamilton said in court. “I’m troubled by the showing that you’ve made so far, but that’s where you’re likely not to prevail at this early juncture.”

So now anyone can have an app store.

Don’t worry, they’ll just start a lawsuit over something else silly like owning mutlitouch…

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