Amazon freezes new Appstore submissions in Germany

Amazon is freezing new Android app submissions to its Appstore that originate from Germany. Amazon said new admissions would be accepted again soon, but did not provide an exact date. Until Amazon re-opens the floodgates, German developers must hold onto their apps or submit them to the Android Market.

Amazon claims this ban is the result of legal action from Apple over the use of the term Appstore. The exact legal reason behind this decision was not discussed, but, according to Electronista, it may be the result of Germany's application of International trademark law. Apple filed a trademark dispute against Amazon and asked for an injunction that would prevent the online retailer from using this term. Apple was not awarded this injunction and the case remains active in the Northern District of California. A trial is expected to begin in Ocotober 2012.