Apple Sues Amazon Over App Store Moniker

Apple isn’t keen on Amazon’s use “App Store” in its own online store for Android-based apps, so it’s taking the online retailer to court. The Mac, iPhone and iPad maker filed a lawsuit against Amazon on March 18 alleging the company “unlawfully used the App Store mark to solicit software developers,” according to Bloomberg.

Apple v AmazonApple sues Amazon over “App Store” name

Apple’s filing in U.S. Federal Court in Northern California claims the company contacted Amazon over the use of “App Store,” but never received a “substantive response.”

“We’ve asked Amazon not to copy the App Store name because it will confuse and mislead customers,” commented Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet.

Amazon’s brand new Appstore for Android offers apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s Android OS, and is currently featuring Angry Birds — an app that first gained wide popularity on the iPhone through Apple’s App Store.

Amazon hasn’t commented on Apple’s lawsuit.