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Apple Tells Another App Store to Stop Calling Themselves an 'App Store'

Apple Tells Another App Store to Stop Calling Themselves an 'App Store'

Posted March 22, 2011 at 10:19pm by iClarified
Apple has sent a cease-and-desist letter to MiKandi, an adult novelties store that describes itself as "the world's first app store for adults", according to MacNN.

The MiKandi app store is itself an app that can be installed on Android smartphones. Customers can pay a third-party that converts their money into "points" that then qualify for downloading adult apps from within the app.

Apple believes it has ownership of the 'app store' term and looks to be legally attacking anyone who uses the words. On March 18th Apple filed a lawsuit against Amazon for use of the term.

MiKandi plans to ignore the request for now, pending the result of Microsoft's challenge to Apple's trademark registration.

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iceblu121 - March 23, 2011 at 10:33am
good mornnig all its me steve jobs ceo of apple! i would like to tell u first hand the iphone 5 will just really be the white iphone 4 that we never released its magicially the way the light reflects off the white case your gonna love it. and the white case will add more speed to its already slow cpu multi tasking will be a cinch not only will every god damn app u run .ru in the backround.but now u can ehh what the hell just jailbreak your phone
Gg - March 23, 2011 at 9:52am
Im with apple on this on. If they copyright "Windows" why cant apple copyright their most amazing product name?
Ben - March 23, 2011 at 5:28am
Apple does bad law suit against the market. Hope court does not let Apple win. B"llsh1t Apple.
Jeremy - March 23, 2011 at 2:19am
If apple wins this lawsuit for a word I'm gonna sue every company that uses the word save in all their adds!! I'm gonna be able to retire in a week on this!!!
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detective sims - March 23, 2011 at 1:35am
Actually, Apple can't do that because they were not given the copyright.
Frank - March 23, 2011 at 11:27am
Actually they can. In the U.S. if you use a name in commerce whoever uses it first is automatically granted ownership of the mark. It doesn't matter if you registered it. The issue here is that 'app store' is likely to descriptive to qualify as a registrable mark.
bob53366 - March 23, 2011 at 12:24am
The word "App" is not a word, Apple will win in court.
trialuser - March 23, 2011 at 6:53am
Come-on, when MS when abt it, no one raised an eyebrow, and now....
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