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Apple withdraws App Store lawsuit against Amazon

Apple has withdrawn its Appstore lawsuit against online retailer Amazon, ending the two year fight between both the firms.

The iPhone maker filed a lawsuit in 2011 arguing that it had the exclusive rights to the phrase ‘Appstore’, a derivative of its iTunes App Store, and demanded that Amazon drop the term.

Reacting to Apple’s lawsuit, Amazon said the phase App Store was generic and the iPhone maker should not be allowed exclusive rights to the term.

US District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California agreed to dismiss the case between the two companies.

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Amazon said: "We’re gratified that the court has conclusively dismissed this case."

Apple spokesperson Mary Osako said: "We no longer see a need to pursue our case. With more than 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, customers know where they can purchase their favorite apps."

Amazon Appstore was launched in March 2011 to offer downloads of software for Android devices, while Apple’s App Store allows users to download programmes from the company and third-party developers.


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