In March 2011 Apple sued Amazon over their use of “Appstore” for their new app store and in September of 2012, Amazon asked the judge to throw out the case based largely on both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook referring generically to competitors’ offerings as “app stores” as well. Today a judge granted that request and dismissed the case.
U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, granted Amazon’s motion for partial summary judgment, which only challenged Apple’s false advertising allegations. Apple also leveled other claims against Amazon, including trademark infringement.
So this means that the trademark infringement portion of the case can proceed, but “false advertising” has been thrown out of the suit.
FLASH: Amazon wins dismissal of Apple’s false advertising claim
— Bloomberg News (@BloombergNews) January 2, 2013
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