Apple, Amazon agree to dismiss trademark infringement lawsuit over 'App Store'

According to a Reuters report, US District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, has ordered the dismissal of Apple's 2011-filed trademark infringement lawsuit against Amazon over the use of the term `App Store.' The dismissal of the case comes after Apple's statement that it did not want to pursue Amazon over the issue.

The trademark infringement lawsuit was initiated by tech giant Apple soon after online retail biggie Amazon launched its Android App Store in March 2011. Apple claimed in the lawsuit that Amazon's use of the term `App Store' was plainly too similar to Apple's use of the same term to describe its digital marketplace.

However, with the dismissal of the case having been ordered by Judge Hamilton, the earlier scheduled August 19 trial will not be necessary now.

In a brief conversation with the reporters after the court's decision, Amazon's lawyer said that it had been unilaterally decided by Apple and Amazon to abandon the lawsuit. However, Apple said that the move had resulted from the fact that the company did not need to pursue legal action because consumers have been quite clear about their preference for the Apple App Store.

Elaborating further, Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet said that since the Apple App Store boasts over 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, it is evident that the customers know which digital storefront they need to go to, for purchasing their favorite apps.