Apple and Amazon have officially resolved a lawsuit over the right to the term “app store” after U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California ordered the case dismissed at both companies’ request. The trial, which was set for August 19, will not take place, and both parties will continue to use the term for their own products.
Apple’s lawsuit against Amazon stemmed from the company’s introduction of the Amazon Appstore for Android in 2011, which Cupertino saw as a clear violation of its own copyright protected App Store, which launched three years earlier in 2008. However, Cupertino has decided to drop the suit, which in turn means Amazon will not need to issue a counterclaim protecting its right to use the term Appstore.
“We no longer see a need to pursue our case,” Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet said in an official statement. “With more than 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, customers know where they can purchase their favorite apps.”
While Apple may have launched the first App Store back in 2008, five years later the term has become a generic description for any digital marketplace where applications are sold. For now, Apple seems secure in the knowledge that despite the proliferation of app stores, consumers still see the iOS marketplace as the one true App Store.