updated 03:09 pm EDT, Tue July 9, 2013
Decision to abandon case credited to Apple
Apple and Amazon have come to a settlement in their lawsuit over the term "app store," Reuters reports. US District Judge Phyllis Hamilton has ordered the case dismissed at the companies' request, following Apple's issuing a covenant not to sue, which in turn did away with Amazon's need to pursue a counterclaim. A lawyer for Amazon, Martin Glick, explains that "this was a decision by Apple to unilaterally abandon the case, and leave Amazon free to use 'appstore.'"
The case dates back to March 2011, when Apple claimed that the name of the Amazon Appstore was misleading to customers, a deliberate take on its own App Store. Amazon, though, argued that the term "app store" was generic. As evidence it was even able to refer to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who once used the term generically in public. Companies like Microsoft petitioned the US Patent and Trademark Office to stop Apple from trademarking the App Store name.
Apple and Amazon were ordered in January to try and settle the lawsuit. As recently as mid-June, though, there appeared to be no settlement in sight. The two parties held an all-day meeting on May 1, and 45-minute phone call on June 14.