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Is ‘App Store’ Trademark Valid? Microsoft, Nokia, HTC, Sony Ericsson, Amazon Don’t Think So

App Store.pngMicrosoft, HTC, Sony Ericsson, and Nokia have joined Amazon in filing a complaint against Apple’s ‘App Store’ and ‘Appstore’ trademarks in Europe claiming they are invalid.

“Today’s filings by HTC, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and Microsoft, like Amazon’s recent action, demonstrate the breadth of opposition to Apple’s unsupportable claim of exclusivity,” a Microsoft representative said in a statement. “‘App store,’ like ‘toy store’ or ‘book store,’ is a generic term that should continue to be available for everyone to use for stores that sell apps.”

The case may not have legs though. John Paczkowski at All Things Digital notes the phrase ‘App Store’ “didn’t enter the vernacular until 2008, right around the time Apple began popularizing it.”

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via CNET News

  1. ¬†What about “Windows”? App Store is fine!

    1. As a friend noted, the MS trademark is “Microsoft Windows.” This whole thing is a mess. Maybe they should go for “Apple App Store” “iPhone App Store “Mac App Store” etc. Those would be legit.

  2. Maestro says:

    That from the same people who could not come up with anything original until Apple brought the iPhone and they all copied it.

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