Apple sues Amazon over App Store trademark, Microsoft sues B&N over Android

Apple has filed suit against, seeking to stop Amazon from using the term App Store to describe their Android market.

"We've asked Amazon not to copy the App Store name because it will confuse and mislead customers," said Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple.

Apple claims they'd asked Amazon to change the name three times and, not getting a response, they escalated to litigation. While App Store sounds generic it wasn't a popular term before the iPhone App Store became popular. Whether that's enough for Apple to win the suit will be up to the courts.

Microsoft has also filed suit against Barnes & Nobles, claiming the Nook and Android violate Microsoft's mobile patents. Guess it's not a safe day to be a bookstore. Given that HTC is already paying Microsoft licensing fees for their use of Android, could Microsoft end up making more money from Android than Google does, or than they themselves do from Windows Phone?

Either way, it doesn't seem to be a safe day to be a bookstore. Anyone think Borders is already lawyering up?

[Bloomberg, Microsoft via Android Central]

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