Apple Lawsuit Forces Amazon to Stop Using “Appstore” in Germany

Apple App StoreApple has not been very successful in its bid to get Amazon to stop using the term “Appstore” for its online application store, at least in the U.S.

A U.S. District Court judge recently ruled that it was unlikely that Amazon’s using the term would confuse customers, and denied a preliminary injunction to Apple.

However, according to a report by Dan Frommer, Apple’s lawsuit against Amazon seems to have had some temporary success in Germany. Amazon has had to stop accepting new apps from developers in Germany because of Apple’s legal action.

Amazon sent out an email to all its German App Developers:

    Dear Amazon Appstore Developer,

    Thank you for your participation in the Amazon Appstore for Android. We wanted to notify you of a recent change to your Developer Portal account; for the time being, we are not accepting new app submissions from developers located in Germany. We have been forced to impose this restriction due to a legal action filed by Apple in Germany seeking to prevent us from using the term appstore. We believe Apple’s claim is without merit and are actively contesting it.

    When you log into your Developer Portal account, you will notice that the options to add new apps have been removed. We hope to begin accepting new apps from German developers again soon and will notify you as soon as we are able to do so.

    We appreciate your patience and your continued interest in the Amazon Appstore for Android.

    Thank you,

    Amazon Appstore Account Team

It’s unlikely that Apple will win the lawsuit against Amazon even in Germany, but even a temporary restriction is better than nothing at all, right?

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