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Apple ends dispute over Amazon 'Appstore'

AAP/ AFR | July 10, 2013
Apple has dropped its lawsuit against rival Amazon for using the term "Appstore" for its online shop for mobile gadget applications.

Apple ends dispute over Amazon 'Appstore'
The suit had claimed that Amazon's use of Appstore infringed Apple's rights for its App Store, where it sells mobile applications for its iPad and iPhone. Photo: Karen Bleier

Apple has dropped its lawsuit against rival Amazon for using the term "Appstore" for its online shop for mobile gadget applications.

"With more than 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, customers know where they can purchase their favourite apps," an Apple statement said.

"We no longer see a need to pursue our case against Amazon."

A court order dismissing the case was signed on Tuesday in US federal court in northern California, where Apple had filed the suit in 2011.

The suit had claimed that Amazon's use of Appstore infringed Apple's rights for its App Store, where it sells mobile applications for its iPad and iPhone.

Earlier this year, US District Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled that Apple had failed to establish that Amazon made any false statement or had deceived customers.

Apple in 2008 launched its App Store, while Amazon opened its online marketplace in 2011 for its Android-powered Kindle tablets.

 

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