SOFTWARE MONOPOLIST Microsoft has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to reject Apple's attempt to trademark the term "App Store".
Microsoft said that the term is generic and everyone should be able to use it and not just Apple.
The trademark is for "goods and services including 'retail store services featuring computer software provided via the internet and other computer and electronic communication networks' and other related offerings".
Apple requested the trademark in 2008, the same year that it launched its App Store for the Iphone along with its Iphone 3G. Apple introduced its Mac App Store earlier this year.
But the Vole has moved for summary judgement from the agency's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, asking it to deny the trademark to Apple.
According to TechFlash (PDF), the Vole's motion says that "app" is a generic term for what is sold at the App Store and that "store" is generic for retail store services.
In its brief, Microsoft points out that even Steve Jobs thinks the term is generic. It provided evidence to the court that Jobs once said, "Amazon, Verizon and Vodafone have all announced that they are creating their own app stores for Android."
The Vole claims that everyone uses "app store" generically to mean online stores where software applications are sold.
Microsoft launched its own app store for applications to run on Windows Phone 7 devices after that platform went on sale late last year. µ
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