News by Michael Oryl on Friday May 13, 2011.
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On Thursday Microsoft, HTC, Sony Ericsson, and Nokia filed applications for a declaration of invalidity of Apple's "App Store" and "Appstore" trademarks with the European Union's Community Trademark Office, which oversees trademarks for the EU. Microsoft issued the following statement in conjunction with the move.
"Microsoft and other leading technology companies are seeking to invalidate Apple's trademark registration for APP STORE and APPSTORE because we believe that they should not have been granted because they both lack distinctiveness. The undisputed facts establish that ?app store' means exactly what it says, a store offering apps, and is generic for the services that the registrations cover."
This is the latest escalation in Microsoft's battle with Apple over what Microsoft would call the generic nature of the term "app store". Apple, for its part, argues that it is no more generic than Microsoft's "windows" trademark. Amazon recently became the target of Apple's ire when it launched its own application marketplace under the name of "Amazon Appstore." [via TechFlash]