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Amazon responds to Apple's 'App Store' lawsuit


In March Apple filed a lawsuit against Amazon, alleging the internet giant had violated Apple's trademark by using the term "App Store" in its Android-based Amazon Appstore. "Amazon has unlawfully used the App Store mark to solicit software developers throughout the United States," Apple said in a statement, and noted that the company had tried contacting Amazon several times about the infringement, but Amazon repeatedly failed to "provide a substantive response."

Now GeekWire reports that Amazon has filed an official response to the matter. Following in Microsoft's footsteps, Amazon is asserting that the term "app store" is generic and is therefore not a valid trademark. Amazon even cites Steve Jobs in its defense, quoting him from an earlier financial conference call where he used "app stores" in a generic sense. For those of you who like these kinds of lawsuits, you can read Amazon's filing here [PDF].

If the courts agree with these statements right away, the case could be dismissed quickly. But Apple likely has defenses already lined up for this opening salvo, so this is likely only the beginning of the arguments over the term.

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