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Court rules Amazon's 'Appstore' isn't false advertising, but full trademark lawsuit goes on

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Amazon Appstore Android (STOCK)
Amazon Appstore Android (STOCK)

A United States district court has dismissed Apple's claim that Amazon's Appstore for Android is false advertising. Apple argued that Amazon's use of the word "Appstore" implied that it was in some way affiliated with the Cupertino-based company's product, but the court clearly does not agree. In the ruling, the court agreed with Amazon that "the mere use of 'Appstore'... cannot be construed as a representation that the nature, characteristics, or quality of the Amazon Appstore is the same as that of the Apple App Store." Additionally, the courts found Apple failed to show that Amazon deceived users of the Appstore for Android. It's important to note that today's ruling only regards one out of six parts of Apple's case against Amazon, and the dismissal of the false advertising claim has no bearing on whether or not the Appstore for Android constitutes trademark infringement. We'll just have to wait for a separate ruling on that part of the case.