Friday, May 13, 2011

Microsoft, Nokia and HTC complain about App Store trademark

First it was only Microsoft, but now have several technology companies joined the protest against Apple's use of the word "App Store". HTC, Nokia and Sony Ericsson this week filed a formal complaint against Apple's plans to trademark the name "App Store" to get. The complaints were lodged with the European Community Trademark Office. Microsoft complained earlier in the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, because they generally find the name.

The term "app store" would be just as general as 'toy store' or 'book store'. According to the complainants would have to use the name for all companies that sell apps. Microsoft has been since 2008 a legal battle. Linguists have already been hired to determine who is right. Meanwhile, Apple last March a lawsuit against Amazon filed, because the word "appstore" (no space) use.


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