It seems that Apple’s legal eagles have made a swoop of Amazon’s activities in Germany – as the trademark battle concerning the use of the “App Store” phrase has swept into the heart of Europe, and the fruity company has picked up a semblance of victory in Germany as Amazon will no longer accept new application submissions in that part of the world simply because there are repercussions from Apple from a legal standpoint. There is no word as to whether (or when) Amazon will resume the fight, apart from a rather defiant viewpoint that this will spur Amazon’s crusade against Apple’s claims.
Amazon’s email reads, “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.”
Basically, folks who log into their Developer Portal account would realize that there is now no more option to include new apps. Of course, Amazon will be working hard to make sure German developers’ hard work will soon be accepted, and that will happen when you receive a notification. Could this be a precedent across rulings in Europe where the “App Store” phrase is concerned?