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We only allow registered users to use ad blockers. You can sign up for free by clicking here or you can login if you are already a member. Inc. (AMZN) Seeks ‘Appstore’ Suit Dismissal Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has been a target of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) lawyers in recent months, just like Samsung Electronics Col. Ltd., Motorola Mobility, Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). All of these companies have a certain bond with each other, having been on the receiving end of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) lawsuits.

However, what sets Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) apart from these others is that Inc. (AMZN) isn’t dealing with intellectual property issues involving patents – this lawsuit being featured has to do with the term “app store” and how Inc. is using it, allegedly as false advertising according to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).

In a case that has been in the system for 18 months, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) filed a motion in U.S. District Court last week having the false-advertising suit thrown out, saying that Apple Inc. (AAPL) has not yet proven that the “Amazon Appstore” is somehow confusing consumers as opposed to the two-word “App Store” used by Apple Inc. In fact, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) cited in its motion that even former Apple CEO Steve Jobs and current boss Tim Cook use the team “app store” to refer to the competing app marketplaces, mainly on the Android operating system created by Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG).

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) sued Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) over the use of the team “app store” to refer to its marketplace, but lawyers for the  online shopping giant said the term has become so generic that it cannot cause confusion. In addition, Inc. (AMZN) lawyers claimed that the false advertising claim by Apple Inc. (AAPL) has no merit because Apple could not cite any false statements having to do with the term. “The word ‘appstore’ is part of the name of Amazon’s store; it is not a statement about the nature, characteristics, or qualities of Amazon’s store, much less a false one,” the filing added.

The filing by Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) can be found here as a PDF file. Some investors in Inc. stock, like billionaire fund manager Jim Chanos of Kynikos, will likely appreciate a legal battle being decided quickly – since it affects a company’s bottom line. But what do you think – is theterm “appstore” confusing, and does Aple have a case?

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