US judge dismisses Apple's lawsuit against Amazon's App Store

A U.S. judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Apple against Amazon's use of the name App Store. Apple had not been able to show why the use of this name by the online department store constituted misleading advertising.

That was the ruling of District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, on Wednesday. The user does not get the impression that Amazon's offer is an Apple service. Apple's App Store is a sales platform for computer programs with the iOS operating system. Amazon is aimed at devices with Android software.

An Apple spokeswoman did not want to comment on the judge's decision. Amazon could not initially be reached. Amazon and Apple are facing increasingly intense competition. The Kindle tablet is one of the strongest rivals to Apple's iPad, which continues to dominate the market. Apple is still suing Amazon for trademark infringement, among other things. A trial is scheduled for August. (SDA)

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