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04:17 PM on 03/22/2011
Brazil sues Amazon. Orchard sues Apple. Baby sues Google. Beck sues Jeff and Glenn. Can't we all just get along?
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03:54 PM on 03/22/2011
App. Apple. seems obvious who is in the wrong. but both companies have iffy records with morality.

Im sure youve heard about Apples slave labor camps in China.

Re Amazon: they set up headquarters in Washington, a state with one of the most regressive individual tax systems in the country. They are incorporated in Deleware to avoid corporate taxes. They operate a distribution center in Deleware to avoid paying sales taxes. They outsource operations to India, where a caste system keeps wages low.
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04:19 PM on 03/22/2011
App is short for 'Application' not apple. It's a term that's been around for years before there ever was an apple app store or even an iTunes. It would be like Home Depot trying to trademark the word 'hardware store'
04:34 PM on 03/22/2011
Absolutely agree here...Apple you can't win this one!
03:29 PM on 03/22/2011
What clowns over at Apple. That is GENERIC up the ying yang. They think they own the world. They tried suing everyone with the word pad in it too. They get sue happy. But luckily we have powerful companies like Amazon that know their rights. They know App is a completely generic term. I don't care if App is short for application. People use the word App 99 times out of a hundred. You know this greedy approach that Apple has will only hurt them in the end. Myself I don't like Apple at all. They love to put proprietary garbage on their technology to screw the consumer. They wouldn't dare put a USB on something to make it easier and cheaper for the consumer. They want a special port that they only make. So it adds 39.95 and another 988 million dollars to their fat pockets. Myself I will never buy an ipad. I would rather have a 130.00 device that has Flash on it. Believe me Apple's days are numbered. For some reason they have all the freak technology stand in line for hours people for now on their side. But when those people realize that their are better products out there for half the price then they will start re-thinking about what they want. I can't wait until Apple gets laughed out of the water with this App Store fight. What a joke.
02:20 PM on 03/22/2011
Yet another example of how the copyright/trademark/patent laws are antiquated and a mess.
01:49 PM on 03/22/2011
lol @ trying to trademark 'App Store'. Apple, you're retarded. What are they going to try to trademark next, the entire English vocabulary?
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01:46 PM on 03/22/2011
National Geographic Special: When Nerds Attack
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01:25 PM on 03/22/2011
Apples Motto = Greed is Good.
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hypnotoad72
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12:57 PM on 03/22/2011
This is silly.  Call 'em "iApps" instead of using generic terms in the first place.  Hijacking existing common words seems a tad low.  And Apple isn't the first company to try that sort of thing, though "Ping" was also a lame name, as was "Bing" (which came first, but I mistook both as being "Ping", a long-used CLI tool to test if a node is on the network...)
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wilray
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01:51 PM on 03/22/2011
I recall that Apple tried to hijack the letter "i"

I believe that protestations from Sesame Street, Schoolhouse Rock, and Letter Man maybe what stopped Apple.
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12:34 PM on 03/22/2011
I've copyrighted, wax on, wax off, so those of you zinging me, send a check. LOL
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wilray
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01:45 PM on 03/22/2011
O/T to KK. Is your money on Ralph Macchio to win?
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01:56 PM on 03/22/2011
You mean on Dancing With the Stars? To be honest, I don't watch the show so I don't know how he dances.
10:44 AM on 03/22/2011
Is this Apple solving another one of the worlds problems like all their fan boys sing about?
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10:49 AM on 03/22/2011
You don't think a business has the right to defend its trademark?
11:28 AM on 03/22/2011
Not generic terms like "App Store". You should be against it too if you thought for yourself.
03:23 PM on 03/22/2011
I think apple has a right and actually a duty to defend it. If they do not defend it, they are also in danger of losing it. That being said, the mark is too general. They will lose this one and their mark.
11:01 AM on 03/22/2011
So, we should just forget that trademarks exist?
12:03 PM on 03/22/2011
"Apple has applied to register the APP STORE trademark in the United States" - it's not a trade mark yet for Apple - and it is pretty generic, it would be like Barnes and Noble trademarking "Book Store"
12:57 PM on 03/22/2011
Apple Computers did when they stepped all over Apple Records.
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CaptainObvvious
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10:43 AM on 03/22/2011
I don't see the controversy.

They own App Store.... App isn't a word and is short for application so it isn't that generic. There are many other phrases that can be used for an app store that Amazon could use.
11:05 AM on 03/22/2011
but app store IS generic. that's what those things are that you download to your phone/ipod. they are called apps. it IS the word for them. no matter what is it, it is classified as an application, which have existed long before apple opened their app store.

this is no different than trying to trademark a "Bike Store", or "Candy Store".

besides, amazon doesn't even call it "App Store".
they call it "Amazon Appstore Developer Portal."
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CaptainObvvious
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11:23 AM on 03/22/2011
I disagree.

App is a slang term for application.

Aside from that Apple has created a brand from that
"App Store" name that has created an identity that is immediately associated with Apple.
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01:39 PM on 03/22/2011
The sole reason you call them Apps is due to Apple's branding and marketing of the word. Had Apple gone with some other name you would probably be calling them that too, no matter what platform.

I've never uniformly referred to an Application as an App prior to the introduction of the iPhone and App store.
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hypnotoad72
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01:00 PM on 03/22/2011
Back when B Dalton sold applications on the back shelf (think 1988), some called them an "App Store" as well.  The app store Electronics Boutique used to compete with big box stores like Best Buy in selling apps to customers.

There is no controversy.  "App store" is a generic term, or - worst case scenario - is too easily exonerated as being a generic term.  Given "iPhone", "iPod", "iOS", et cetera, why not "iApp"?  Why the discrepancy?