Friday June 24, 2011

Judge: Apple's Bid to Bar Amazon ‘Appstore’ Will ‘Likely’ Be Denied

It looks like more bad news for Apple in its attempt to claim ownership of the term "app store."

U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton said today after a hearing in Oakland, California, that she is "probably" going to deny the motion because Apple hasn't demonstrated confusion among consumers. Hamilton said she will review court filings before issuing a final decision. Apple's difficulty demonstrating "real evidence of actual confusion" among consumers is a "stumbling block for Apple," Hamilton said in court. "I'm troubled by the showing that you've made so far, but that's where you're likely not to prevail at this early juncture."