Apple adds false advertising claim to Amazon lawsuit
Apple’s lawsuit against Amazon over its use of the term “App Store” seems to have expanded a bit more. In its latest complaint, Apple points out that Amazon “has announced the release of a tablet device that will utilize certain aspects of the mobile software download service.” stating its “uses are unauthorized and unlawful.”
Apple applied for the patent term “App Store” three years ago with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office–which Microsoft also opposed to the registration filed—but says “Amazon’s use is also likely to lessen the goodwill associated with Apple’s App Store service and Apple products designed to utilize Apple’s App Store service by associating Apple’s App Store service with the inferior qualities of Amazon’s service.” — ouch! That’s some pretty harsh words there, Apple.
Apple, which had previously sued Amazon over its use of the term “App Store,” expanded on Wednesday the scope of its lawsuit to include claims of false advertising related to the launch this week of the Internet retailer’s tablet. The amended complaint (see below) alleges that since the Android tablet was unveiled in September, Amazon has begun altering its “Amazon Appstore for Android” moniker to de-emphasize the “for Android” suffix in ads for the device.