Apple files lawsuit over App Store trademark

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In an effort to stop the “misuse” of its App Store trademark, Apple Inc. on Tuesday filed charges against Amazon.com before the U.S. District Court of California.

Computer giant Apple Inc. on Tuesday filed a lawsuit Amazon.com in an effort to stop the online retailer from continuous use of its Apple App Store trademark.

Based on the court documents, Apple accused Amazon of violating provisions of the intellectual property rights law by using its App Store trademark to solicit software developers across the United States.

The case was filed before the U.S. District Court in Northern District of California.

Apple also stressed that the online retailer has unlawfully used its trademark by tagging the popular application store name to Amazon’s Appstore Developer Portal – along with different advertisements for a new version of Angry Birds, one of the most popular downloadable game for devices like that iPhone, iPod, and iPad.

The computer giant also accused the online retailer of unfair competition, saying that it should immediately seize from using App Store trademark.

“We have asked Amazon not to copy or use the Apple App Store name because it will confuse and mislead customers,” said Kristin Huguet, spokesperson of Apple.

It will be recalled that Apple has applied for the registration of its App Store trademark before a U.S. regulatory body despite several oppositions, including Microsoft Corp.

The lawsuit added that the case is currently being discussed before a trademark trial and appeals board.

Sought for comment, Amazon.com refuse to give details on the matter, saying that they will issue a statement in the coming days.

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