Apple and Amazon have settled their meandering legal argument over which company has the right to use the term “app.” Both companies can now use the term, which effectively averts the trial over the matter that was supposed to begin on August 19.
Apple launched the App Store five years ago, in July of 2008. Amazon launched the Amazon App Store in March 2011, and Apple quickly responded with a lawsuit. It was also Apple that made the decision to drop legal action.
“We no longer see a need to pursue our case,” said Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokesperson. “With more than 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, customers know where they can purchase their favorite apps.”
“This was a decision by Apple to unilaterally abandon the case, and leave Amazon free to use ‘appstore,’” said Amazon.com lawyer Martin Glick in an interview.
“We’re gratified that the court has conclusively dismissed this case,” said Amazon spokeswoman Mary Osako. “We look forward to continuing our focus on delivering the best possible appstore experience to customers and developers.”
Less court, more apps. Sounds like a gain for everyone.