Apple may Face Hurdles in Amazon Lawsuit
Thursday, June 23, 2021 11:02 AM



Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is likely to lose its bid to prevent Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) from using the term “Appstore” for its marketplace for Android apps, a US judge indicated at a hearing on Wednesday.

The District Judge Phyllis Hamilton said, that she will probably deny Apple’s request because of lack of evidence.

“I’m troubled by the showing that you’ve made so far,” U.S. District Judge told Apple. “[And] that’s where you’re likely not to prevail at this early juncture.”

Apple claims in the lawsuit that Amazon is unlawfully using the App Store name in connection with what Amazon calls the "Amazon Appstore Developer Portal," along with other instances like advertisements for a version of Angry Birds, the popular mobile game. Apple has also asserted a claim of unfair competition, and is seeking to enjoin Amazon from using the App Store mark.

Hamilton has not yet made a final ruling at the hearing on Wednesday.

Apple declined to comment on the issue, while Amazon also did not respond to requests for comments.

Shares of Apple were trading lower by 0.69 percent to $320.40 and Amazon.com’s shares were also trading lower by 0.51 percent to $190.66 in the pre-market trading Thursday.


 

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