Judge Not At All Impressed By Apple's Lawsuit Against Amazon Over 'App Store' Name

from the you're-going-to-lose dept

Even as Apple continues to threaten anyone else for using the phrase "app store" to describe an app store (sorry, Steve, it's generic), the judge in the lawsuit between Apple and Amazon has made it clear that she's not buying Apple's claim here. She refused to issue an injunction blocking Amazon and said that Apple will "probably" lose the case itself -- in large part because Apple failed to demonstrate any form of consumer confusion. The judge is still going to review some filings, but the chances of Apple winning here are remote, at best.


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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 1:01pm

    But keep in mind nobody stood up to Lucas when he shortened "android" to "droid" (Damn, if only Philip K. Dick hadn't used the more annoying option - "andy")

     

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    MrWilson, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 1:18pm

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    I think Lucas actually has the popularity of Star Wars going for him and the fact that, as far as I know, droid was specifically coined for Star Wars and still hasn't become a generic term for an android.

    The app abbreviation has been used for decades and was generic before Apple started using it in the phrase "app store." Jobs didn't coin the term and no one realistically thinks it's short for apple.

     

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    Fushta, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 1:36pm

    No confusion here

    I'm certainly not confused by "Apple App Store" vs. "Amazon App Store." Apple probably creates the confusion by referring to itself as the generic "app store."
    "App Store" is no different than "Gas Station."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 1:38pm

    apple store

    if apple thinks app store means apple store. then they should change their damn name to apple store

     

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    DCL, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 1:40pm

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    I didn't realize till I read your comment that it could be short for apple. It never occurred to me.

     

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    TechnoMage (profile), Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 1:41pm

    what else can I say...

    but... GOOD, this is silly on all fronts...

     

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    Wulfman (profile), Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 1:53pm

    Rotten Apple Store

     

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    Chupacabra, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 1:54pm

    popularized vs invented

    Regardless of the fact that you can find a few individuals out there who called applications "apps" before the iPhone came along, the VAST majority of people, including computer savvy individuals, did not.

    I've worked in the industry for oh, before many of you were born probably, and I can state confidently that Jobs popularized the term "app" well beyond any idea of chance.

    No, Jobs and Apple did not "invent" the term, but neither did Gates invent the word "Windows" and he defends that quite vigorously. History is replete with examples of words that have been in heavy use for decades before being appropriated as a trademark for a company, and I would argue, as I have just done, that this word wasn't even in heavy use.

    Anyone who claims that the word was generic and well used to mean "application" is either ignorant of the actual usage, or being willfully deceptive.

    I don't really care one way or the other whether Amazon, or the Android marketers use the term. I just think that Apple is right to fight for this, because they made it popular.

    Just like every single smartphone company out there is working double-time to create something derivative of the iPhone instead of actually innovating in the market, they are also preying on the use of the word "app" to assist their marketing efforts (or lack thereof).

    Mark my words: If Apple had decided to call their little applications "Tweaks"... They'd be fighting every mobile device company out there for use of the phrase "TweakStore" right now.

    The only real innovator in the market right now is Apple. Everyone else is just picking their nose and waiting for the next Apple product/idea to copy.

    For those who choose to avoid Steve's products: Enjoy your second-rate knock off.

    Sheesh.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 1:57pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    Nuh uh. Apple is teh sux. Neener!

    Rabidly retardulous fanboi.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 2:07pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    I know at least in the late 90's/early 00's that "apps" (or "appz" or "@ppz") was in frequent use in place of "applications," especially when it came to warez. How many operating systems were referred to as "windows?" So either you're too young to know wtf you're talking about or being willfully deceptive. Or (most likely) you've had too much of the koolaid.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 2:11pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    Oh yeah, also, DIAF fanboi.

     

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    Rick, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 2:18pm

    Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    Thanks I was going to post the same. Have been using and heard apps since the early 90's.

     

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    Stuart, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 2:38pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    *Steve stomps his feet*
    I made the word popular mommy and now THEY are using it!


    If it doesn't stop soon I will NEVER be prom queen!
    *Steve crys*

    *Mommy pats steves head*
    Don't worry baby. Mommy will make sure those bad girls stop using "Your" word.

     

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    Chuck Lorrie, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 2:50pm

    Re: Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    The stating of a specific does not prove the generalization false, does it?

     

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    Ron Rezendes (profile), Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 2:50pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    "Anyone who claims that the word was generic and well used to mean "application" is either ignorant of the actual usage, or being willfully deceptive."

    Me thinks you don't have enough rings on your innards young sapling. Early 90's to present day in the computer industry and this was one of the first terms I learned!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 2:53pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    wtf is this supposed to even mean?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 2:54pm

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    i'm saying "apps" was ALL OVER the internet before the internet even remotely resembled what you're used to, kid.

     

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    Greg G (profile), Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 2:54pm

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    That's why Apple are idiots and apparently are the only ones actually confused by Amazon or Android, et al, using the term "app store."

    And uh oh.. double whammy: if you use a droid phone to access the app store Lucas and Jobs will be hunting you down by sending Sith Lords armed with iPad and/or iPhone lightsabers!

     

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    Queazy Art, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 3:01pm

    Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    The use of the word fanboi and its spelling indicates a person under the age of 30, who might also suffer from emotional challenges.


    The problem with being under 30 (for some)is that they are in the unenviable position of being born *after* Apple began. Since a person in this position has low self esteem, they think that the only good things are things that came along *after* they were born. They suffer from an irrational need to validate their own experiences relative to their birth date. Hence the fascination with anything non-pre-them.

    It's really quite common.

     

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    Chuck Lorrie, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 3:02pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    No, it wasn't.

     

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    screech, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 3:05pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    "Mark my words: If Apple had decided to call their little applications "Tweaks"... They'd be fighting every mobile device company out there for use of the phrase "TweakStore" right now."

    Hmm. I hadn't thought of it that way. I think you're right.

     

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    j4rh34d (profile), Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 3:06pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    I first heard 'app' used with VisiCalc on the Apple ][ a "few" years back. It was also used with WordStar and Lotus 1-2-3.

    So, although 'app' WAS associated, sort of, with Apple:

    "You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means. - I. Montoya

     

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    Jeremy7600 (profile), Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 3:08pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    Back in the 90's, a buddy of mine always talked about "killer apps." He was a coder, so he was always on the lookout for the "killer app" to give him new ideas for markets to look into. He was always ahead of the curve of Java, XML & XSLT, vbscript, C#, etc. Bear in mind this is the 90's, and in 1996-7 XML and vbscript were fresh from being a white paper. Killer apps were his holy grail, always looking into these new languages as they might finally allow him to have that one killer app that no one could do without.

    Guess he was ignorant of the actual usage as he wasn't aware that Turtleneck-boy was going to "popularize" the term "app" in the 00's.

     

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    David Thomas, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 3:09pm

    Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    Ha!

    No doubt this is true.

    I wonder if I should trademark the term TweakStore right now!!

     

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    Jeremy7600 (profile), Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 3:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    And if they had used tweak store, there would be no argument against it, because people don't call applications "tweaks" for short, they call applications "apps" for short.

     

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    Griff, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 3:18pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    Until someone comes up with something better, and the iPhone passes into history.

    Remember when the RAZR was the king of the hill? Yeah. Most have forgotten that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 3:24pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    So, aside from the completely transparent Apple shilling, do you have even one source of data to support your single, false claim?

     

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    ItsJustChuck, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 3:25pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    Wow bro you actually think you're hot shit. Everything has it's pros and cons. Screw Steve for trying to sue for the 'app store' name. It's a childish lawsuit. Everyone needs to focus on what's important. mac and pc not so different, has the same guts. Just because you are in love with Steve doesn't mean everybody elses shit sucks. That's all I'm saying and it's wrong to come on here and assume you've got it figured out. I sure don't and probably never will. What's wrong if people generalized app as application..that is what an app is. If it was apple store then you would buy every type of apple product and not just apps. Open your eyes and stop being so prejudice to everything that doesn't have a bitten apple on it. From you're words you seem to be younger than most of the people that post here but I can see you being as old as you claim just still immature.

     

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    Chupacabra, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 3:25pm

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    This is my point. The market currently has their nose so far up Apple's ass that they would have appropriated the term "tweak" if Apple had used it instead of app.

    This is what the market is doing with every other aspect of Apple's design ethic, I think this would be the same story.

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 3:28pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    Killer application

    "A killer application (commonly shortened to killer app), in the jargon of marketing teams, has been used to refer to any computer program that is so necessary or desirable that it proves the core value of some larger technology, such as computer hardware, gaming console, software, or an operating system. A killer app can substantially increase sales of the platform on which it runs."


    References:
    Scannell, Ed (February 20, 1989). "OS/2: Waiting for the Killer Applications". InfoWorld (Menlo Park, CA: InfoWorld Publications) 11 (8): pp 41–45. ISSN 0199-6649. Early use of the term "Killer Application".


    Please lie more.

     

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    Chupacabra, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 3:31pm

    Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    Sure, it has to happen eventually. But don't hold your breath.

    And, then again, who's to say that the thing that replaces the iPhone won't be invented by Apple anyway.

    You can't argue with the fact that Apple is eating everyone's lunch. C'mon... I can understand you having a preference, but your preference is what? A poor copy of an Apple design? That is what every mobile device out there essentially is.

    Apple will continue to eat everyone's lunch if everyone continues to get in line behind them and follow their lead.

     

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    Jose_X, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 3:36pm

    Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    It doesn't take a genius to get tired of saying "application" (or "computer application"), a word (phrase) whose meaning was fixed long ago, and start saying and writing "app" much more frequently. I don't know how many text books use that abbreviation, but it's common among more than just a few software developers and users speaking about this or that app.

    A little bit of googling:

    http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20001205184203324

    "How to compile a UNIX app for X UNIX"
    "Dec 05, '00 06:42:03PM"

    "[Editor's note: Please see the comments for some useful suggestions]

    "I have been having some nagging difficulties compiling c code into X ... Can any one explain the full path to doing this this successfully ?

    "I mean this must be one of the most appealing aspects of OS X, the ability to run any shell based unix app.....if you could get it to actually work.... :-( "

    "unix apps on osx"
    "Authored by: rjzak on Dec 08, '00 06:23:52PM"

    "does does this mean i can run/compile GAIM, KDE, XFree86, or some other popular unix app under OSX?"

    [the macworld example probably came up high on the search results because Apple/macs is associated with both app and unix]

    Then there was this from 2004:

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/jdzions/archive/2004/01/17/59825.aspx

    "Turning a Unix App into a Web Service using SFU and .NET - Part 1"

    Going back to InfoWorld Dec 4, 1995, pg48:

    "McAfee brings antivirus app to NT and Win95"

    Going back to InfoWorld Sep 14, 1992, pg51:

    "Financial analyst sees a bleak future for the PC industry"

    "Well, aren't Windows apps doing well?"

    "Yes, but it's hard to tell whose, which is my major point -- Windows apps all look alike"

    "Whose brand is reassuringly on both the Windows operating system and on its Windows apps? The only Windows apps doing well are Microsoft's"

     

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    Jose_X, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 3:47pm

    Re: Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    So, confident Chupacabra, had I been born yesterday, I might still find it difficult to believe that this expression "app" was not popular many years ago when you consider that a main stream print magazine like InfoWorld had it sprinkled over articles going back at least to 1992.

     

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    MrWilson, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 4:02pm

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    Lucas doesn't have a problem with you using a Droid. He gets a pretty penny from licensing the Droid trademark to Motorola.

     

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    Jose_X, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 4:06pm

    1987 says m-w

    googling .. http://www.nfais.org/page/51-morris-goldstein-1995

    *****
    "Killer Apps"

    1995 Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture
    NFAIS Annual Conference
    February 28, 1995

    Morris Goldstein, Chief Executive Officer, Information Access Company

    ABSTRACT

    For decades, the information industry has relied on traditional designs for information delivery. Typically these designs are dependent upon techniques and skills that have become limiting factors in their usage. With the dawning of an information enabled society, it is incumbent on our industry to develop comprehensive solutions to information problems and move beyond our traditional markets. We are an industry that is well positioned to create "killer applications."
    ...

    This KILLER APP was a killer app because it was able to solve information inquiries without knowledge of anything but the question! InfoTrac was so sophisticated that it made usage simple. In 1983, most A&I applications were delivered to libraries in print form.
    *****

    From InfoWorld Dec 28, 1992 - Jan 4, 1993, pg38:

    "I can't tell you what killer apps are going to ignite the object-oriented AI multimedia wildfire, but I bet it involves networking -- probably ATM."

    Finally, it appears "app" goes back at least to 1987.

    From Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary 11th edition copyright 2003
    By Merriam-Webster, Inc:

    "killer app n (1988): a computer application of such great value or popularity that it assures the success of the technology with which it is associated"

    On page 17a it explains that the date in parenthesis refers to the oldest date of usage in the English language as far as [m-w] could determine.

    So "killer app" goes back to 1988, and this almost implies "app", as a natural abbreviation of "application", goes back further. Specifically, to 1987:

    "app n (1987): APPLICATION"

     

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    Joshy, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 4:23pm

    I'm confused everyone is arguing whether "apps" comes from the word application. But if the fan boys want to argue that Jobs popularized the term App and he invented the word app then Then what would they propose the stores or "Apps" be called??? Remember if you argue that apps doesn't come from applications then it cannot be called an application store.

    So fill in the blank I downloaded a ________ today for my phone. From a spot that allows me to download all sorts of different_________ for my phone. Would Angry Birds be considered an application or a game or a non-Apple copyrighted term of_______________???

    If he is so worried about the confusion why not change it to the iapp store? Full of iapps that only work on an iphone or ipad???

     

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    el_segfaulto (profile), Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 4:25pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    1999 was my first year in college (computer science) and I still have photocopied notes from the professor with the words "app development".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 4:35pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    I think justice took a wrong turn ever granting words like windows and apple as trade marks to begin with. Maybe we are seeing a reversal of this now? I think that would be great! Every Day words and appreviatations should not become defendable terms. Theses companies only chose those words because they had already a great connotation.
    Overall I smell lawyers making money out of hot air here.

     

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    fattyboombatty, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 4:45pm

    Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    you're replying to your own posts with a different user name, agreeing with yourself?

    You really are dense there snowflake...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 5:28pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    Yes, it was.

    Neener.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 5:31pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    Love how you've posted under 6 different aliases. Your split personalities are quite entertaining...except they're all the same.

    You should at least get a rabid clown in there, somewhere.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 5:33pm

    Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    ...sigh.

    For the last time, Apple and Windows trademarks are perfectly legitimate. Name one other Apple brand hardware or software company. How about Windows?

    Just because they're generic words, does not mean they're generic names. They tell you PRECISELY which company your products are created by WITHIN THE MARKET THAT THEY'RE SPECIFIED TO.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 5:39pm

    This Flies In The Face Of The Whole “Trademark DIlution” Concept

    Thank bloody goodness.

     

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    Win95 Was Mean to Me, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 5:45pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    Dude, I'm a techno-MO-ron and even I'd heard of app short for application in the ancient early 90s.

     

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    Casey Bouch (profile), Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 6:32pm

    Re: apple store

    Does Apple even need to be abbreviated? It's short enough already

     

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    Casey Bouch (profile), Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 7:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    But the problem is you said that Jobs was responsible for making the term popular and therefore has rights to the word or at least a sound argument.

    The rest of us just agree he's crazy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 7:29pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    "I've worked in the industry for oh, before many of you were born probably, and I can state confidently that Jobs popularized the term "app" well beyond any idea of chance."

    Wow, you've never had to work an apps dev team?

    I still remember my first day on a new help desk (back in the 90's) when I was introduced to "the apps guys" over the other side of the floor.

    "Anyone who claims that the word was generic and well used to mean "application" is either ignorant of the actual usage, or being willfully deceptive."

    Where's this ignorance and willful deception you speak of I wonder?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 9:09pm

    It is useful to keep in mind that the term "app" is not what has been filed by Apple as a trademark.

    The trademark being sought is "App Store", a combination mark.

    The application has issued and in now available for opposition by those who believe the trademark "App Store" is not a valid trademark under US law. Apparently, one or more companies are or have file notices of opposition.

    It is also useful to keep in mind that the lawsuit relatively new, and that the proceeding at this stage involves solely a request by Apple for a preliminary injunction. In order to secure such an injunction, one of the requirements is that the party seeking the injunction must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the court that it will likely succeed on the merits of its lawsuit. If this is not met, then such an injunction is denied and the case proceeds along just like any other lawsuit.

    Importantly, this does not mean that Apple has a loser of a case, as some seem inclined here and on other sites to suggest. What it does mean is that Apple will now have to proceed with discovery, as will Amazon, and at its conclusion either a summary judgement (if requested by motion) will be awarded to one of the parties or the case will proceed to trial.

    In other words, this article describes a preliminary skirmish, and nothing more. Just because Apple may not win the skirmish by no means means the war is lost.

    Ultimately, trademark cases come down to a single issue, and that is "likelihood of confusion". It is not at all hard to imagine scenarios where companies like Amazon may use the term "App Store" in such a way that likelihood of confusion may tilt in favor of Apple.

     

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    taoareyou (profile), Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 9:24pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    Popularizing a generic term does not equal innovation.

     

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    taoareyou (profile), Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 9:30pm

    Re:

    It's not hard to imagine lots of things. Unfortunately for Apple, the case won't be decided on what their lawyers can "imagine".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 10:25pm

    Re: popularized vs invented

    "The only real innovator in the market right now is Apple. Everyone else is just picking their nose and waiting for the next Apple product/idea to copy."

    LOL.

    A company known for taking other people's ideas and making them white and shiny? Innovator?

    LOL

    Enjoy paying a 30% profit margin so you can have a white, shiny toy to look cool at Starbucks with.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 10:27pm

    Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    Nope. It's a term that's been in use since the first PC clones hit the market too.

    A LOT of people shortened "application" to "apps". I know the circle of people I hang with has been doing it for over 20 years.

     

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    G Thompson (profile), Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 11:18pm

    Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    It goes back to even before that, Boeing was using it to refer to Apps on its 747 computer systems (as was most of the Aeronautical/Space Industry), most Avionics manuals of the day referred to the 'apps' used for testing purposes on most avionic equipment whether Field testing or Bench testing.

    Apps were used under OS400, VMS, CMS, and MVS Mini Computing way back in early 80's and before with mainframes.

    Though the term 'app' might not be known generically as referring to 'applications' by the public at large nowadays and instead might be construed as meaning "phone apps by apple" the trademark class that Apple are wanting to use the trademark as, has fully and for a long prior history used the abbreviation in a generic sense meaning any programme for a specific application for what it is designed for. And that community is where the trademark falls down on the grounds that it does NOT distinguish the trademark from other commonly known uses in the class, and is likely to deceive or cause confusion within its class.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Jun 24th, 2011 @ 12:04am

    How About “Appy Appy Joy Joy Store”?

    R&anp;S flashback FTW!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 24th, 2011 @ 2:19am

    Re: popularized vs invented

    why should anyone get the rights to any word - made up or not?

     

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    Niall (profile), Jun 24th, 2011 @ 2:59am

    Re: Re:

    It does create brand confusion though! An 'android' is a robot that is shaped or looks like a man/human and is usually intelligent - so something like C-3PO might count as one. But a 'droid' as Lucas uses it is any robot - so he's really coining a new term for 'robot' - maybe the distinction is in size, intelligence or mobility versus production robots like in car plants?

    So if an 'android' looks like a human - what do you call a robot that looks like some of the other Star Wars aliens?

     

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    Niall (profile), Jun 24th, 2011 @ 3:01am

    Re: Re: apple store

    It's not like they can argue that 'app' is a natural or common contraction for 'apple'. "Can I get a pound of 'apps' and 'bans' please" they seem to think you say at the greengrocers!

     

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    Niall (profile), Jun 24th, 2011 @ 3:12am

    Re: popularized vs invented

    Your argument is fail on so many levels. 'Windows' is a decriptive term for a specific product, and a full non-contraction. In the same way, 'Apple' in computing refers to a certain company (and it wasn't like they had a free ride getting that either). 'App' on the other hand could be a valid contraction of numerous other words - and 'app' for 'application' has been around for donkey's years. So 'app store' is hardly a unique identifier.

    Apple may finally be innovative (and pardon me, I remember the days of the piddly Mac Classic versus decent PCs) but they aren't /that/ innovative - a lot of 'features' of their products were around long before they packaged them up nicely (I'll give them that).

    I remember when iPhones first came out, picking up my smartphone (HTC Tytn) and thinking that I already had everything except the pinchy screen - and I had 3G and all the connectivity that the iFail didn't - and it didn't cost me a penny either (free with contract).

    iPods are just glorified mp3 players - hardly special there, and since they are locked down to their store, less useful than a generic mp3 player.

    Just because a bunch of Apple fanbois and tech newbies never heard the word 'app' before (too busy at the Kool-Aid cooler?) doesn't mean that anyone who was already paying attention to technology and associated the word 'app' with 'application' has a valueless opinion. You can't trademark a word for a common use when it is in common use. If Windows weren't already a trademark, no-one could come along and trademark it now.

     

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    Niall (profile), Jun 24th, 2011 @ 3:14am

    Re:

    They could call them 'Applets'...

    ... oh wait!

     

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    Niall (profile), Jun 24th, 2011 @ 3:14am

    Re: Re:

    or Bites... or bits... or...

    naaaah :)

     

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    Niall (profile), Jun 24th, 2011 @ 3:18am

    Re:

    The combo mark still has to be sufficiently distinctive and uniquely associated with that company for that to work. "Apple Store" would be a cinch - but "App Store", given that 'app' is a generic word and therefore an 'app store' would in common sense apply to any marketplace for 'apps', does not seem to pass any bar for distinctiveness or originality.

    Additionally, if the Almighty Jobs Himself has referred to other stores as 'app stores' - even as a Freudian Slip - it rather invalidates the uniqueness argument.

     

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    Jeremy7600 (profile), Jun 24th, 2011 @ 5:36am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    No, my point was app is short for application and people have been using it as such for yars. Tweak is short for nothing.

    And then there would be no argument because tweak isn't short for anything else, like app is short for application. So maybe they would be all over apples ass, but the reason people are all over app store is because its a natural progression. Even pencil-neck generalized it himself. People would be all over tweak store to ride the fame.

    They are all over app store because that's descriptive, not inovative.

     

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    Nicedoggy, Jun 24th, 2011 @ 6:10am

    Re: popularized vs invented

    CMP EAX, [LOL]
    JE .AppleAppStore

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 24th, 2011 @ 7:39am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    BLASHEMERS!!!? STEVE JOBS, MAY HIS NAME BE PRAISED FOREVER - AMEN, USED THE WORD APP STORE IN HIS MOTHERS WOMB. IT IS ONE OF OUR SACRED WORDS TO BE USED ONLY BY THE BROTHERHOOD OF APPLE FANBOIS!!!>!>?!?!?

    YOU DESEEECRETE THE HOLY NAME OF JOBS BY ALLOWING YOUR FILLTHY MOUTH HOLE TO TAINT OUR GLOURIOUUS WORD!!!?!?!?!!!!

    Isn't Apple the same company that made the commercial 1984? I wonder how much they paid George Orwell. I'm guessing it was nothing since he was long dead but he popularized the year 1984. See how stupid it sounds when you apply tard logic to these kinds of ideas?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 24th, 2011 @ 7:44am

    Re: Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    The word fanboy has been in use since 1919.

    "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

     

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    indieThing (profile), Jun 24th, 2011 @ 8:10am

    Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    Why are you arguing with yourself ?

     

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    MrWilson, Jun 24th, 2011 @ 8:22am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Robot, in the context in which it was coined by Karel Capek in Rossum's Universal Robots, was originally a humanoid creation more akin to a golem or basically just a human made by other means and materials rather than the modern meaning of a mechanical/electronic automaton. So even the term robot didn't keep its original specific meaning. Therefore, the fact that the term droid comes from android which etymologically means 'man-like' or 'in the form of a man' is completely irrelevant for the use of the term droid.

     

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    MrWilson, Jun 24th, 2011 @ 8:35am

    Re: Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    The conclusion that "the use of the word fanboi and its spelling indicates a person under the age of 30, who might also suffer from emotional challenges" indicates a person who makes a lot of assumptions and feels the need to tell other people who they are and what their problems are with very little information to go on. But I could be wrong.

     

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    jenningsthecat (profile), Jun 24th, 2011 @ 9:57am

    ...the chances of Apple winning here are remote, at best.

    "The chances of Apple WHINING here are EXCELLENT, at WORST."

    There, fixed that for ya!

     

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    dwg, Jun 24th, 2011 @ 10:00am

    Re: popularized vs invented

    told you.

     

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    dwg, Jun 24th, 2011 @ 10:02am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: popularized vs invented

    nah--it just means that the author of that post is over 30 and feelin' it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 24th, 2011 @ 11:03am

    Why did Apple pick the term 'App Store'? Why does it call the programs that run on an iPhone 'Apps'?

    Because app is and was the common abbreviation for application. They can't pick a term because of its existing definition, and then later pretend they coined it themselves. If they had called it the 'tweak store', they could certainly trademark it; but, they would also have had to give up the advantage of capitalizing on their customers' pre-existing knowledge of what an app was.

    And the idea that it's short for 'Apple', of course, is ridiculous enough to be ignored.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 24th, 2011 @ 1:20pm

    Re: Re:

    "Imagine" is not evidence. Evidence presented will determine the outcome. It is not, however, very difficult to "imagine" the type of evidence Apple will need to prevail, and such type of evidence being produced is not at all difficult to find when litigation involves two well-heeled competitors.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 24th, 2011 @ 1:38pm

    Re: Re:

    Distinctiveness is the hallmark of a good trademark/service mark. However, even marks that are anything but distinctive still may qualify for trademark protection under Title 15, known as the Lanham Act. The primary difference between the two is that the former are typically afforded strong protection by the courts, whereas the latter receive significantly less (and in many cases none at all).

    What I do find a bit curious about Apple's registration is that it specifically disclaims the word "store" when used in conjunction with anything other than "App Store", but does not do the same for the word "App". Why this is the case is known only to Apple.

     

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