After two years, Apple has dropped their lawsuit against Amazon for using the term “App Store” allowing both companies to use it in their respective digital marketplaces.
Tuesday, Reuters reported Apple and Amazon asked U.S. Distirct Judge Phyllis Hamilton to dismiss Apple’s lawsuit over the App Store name. Apple promised it would not file suit against Amazon again over the trademark and Amazon in turn dropped their countersuit.
Apple initially filed the suit back in 2011. They claimed that Amazon’s Appstore violated Apple’s App Store trademark. They accused Amazon of using a similar name to unlawfully attract developers to their platform. Amazon countered by saying the term was so generic that there was no possibility of confusion.
An Apple spokesperson said on dropping the matter, “We no longer see a need to pursue out case. With more than 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, customers know where they can purchase their favorite apps.”
Amazon representative were pleased with the outcome. Amazon spokeswoman Mary Osako said, “We’re gratified that the court has conclusively dismissed the case. We look forward to continuing our focus on delivering the best possible appstore experience to customers and developers.”