Apple Counters Amazon's 'App Store' Generic Claim

Law360, New York (May 20, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT) -- Apple Inc. rejected Amazon.com Inc.'s claim in California on Thursday that the phrase “app store” was a generic term, arguing the online retailer violated the Lanham Act by using the Apple trademark for an app service for Android mobile phones.

In a Thursday filing, Apple responded to counterclaims filed by Amazon in April, denying that the words “app store” were used by a number of different business to describe mobile software download services.

“Apple denies that the mark App Store is generic and, on that basis,...
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