Back in March 2011 Apple filed a lawsuit against Amazon claiming that the company violated its “App Store” trademark. The suit was filed shortly after Amazon had released its very own Appstore for Android. Amazon contested that this term was “unprotectable” and that it had not violated on Apple’s trademark. Last year Amazon filed a request in the U.S. District Court in Oakland to have the case thrown out. Reuters reports today that both companies have agreed not to pursue litigation over this matter any further, meaning that both of them can use the term in their respective offerings.
Amazon clearly takes this agreement as a win, a lawyer for the company said that Apple had “unilaterally” made the decision to back out of this case. On the other hand an Apple spokesperson touted the App Store’s dominance by saying that it houses over 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, and that “customers know where they can purchase their favorite apps.” After Apple filed an agreement that it won’t pursue further litigation against Amazon, the U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton moved to dismiss this two year old lawsuit.