Microsoft Sues Apple Over 'App Store' Trademark

Wednesday Jan 12th 2011 by Staff

In its filing, Redmond claims "app store" is really a generic term.

InformationWeek: Microsoft has filed a complaint with the United States Patent and Trademark Office which says that Apple should not be able to trademark the phrase "app store."

"'App is a common generic name for the goods offered at Apple's store, as shown in dictionary definitions and by widespread use by Apple and others," Microsoft states. "The undisputed facts further show that the combined term 'app store' is commonly used in the trade, by the general press, by consumers, by Apple's competitors and even by Apple's founder and CEO Steve Jobs, as the generic name for online stores featuring apps."

Currently Microsoft offers an "App Marketplace" for its Windows Phone 7 users.

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