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‘App store’ still under fire as Apple, Amazon trade punches over the name

Apple and Amazon have a trial date set for later this year as the dispute over the term “app store” continues. Amazon has the Appstore, Apple the App Store. The Cupertino-based company is claiming exclusive rights to use the term “App Store”, as Amazon found out last year. The judge in charge, US Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte, has however ordered the two companies to come to a settlement, saying: “No participant in the settlement conference will be permitted to leave the settlement conference before it is concluded.”

Executives from the two companies, with full authority to negotiate and settle the case, will be meeting on 21 March behind closed doors, but after two years of trading punches the mandate set by judge Laporte is no guarantee for a solution. Apple seems to be clutching at straws on this a bit, as last year the presiding judge in the suit versus Amazon said: “I just don’t understand the whole idea that people would misunderstand and blend these two different products and services.”

Amazon claims that the term is a generic one that is used in a general way by all, saying that: “Apple presumably does not contend that its past and current CEOs made false statements regarding those other app stores to thousands of investors in earnings calls.To the contrary, the use of the term ‘app store’ to refer to stores selling apps is commonplace in the industry.”

Apart from this case, Apple still has five more claims against Amazon for copyright infringement and unfair practice. These are the disputes that judge Laporte hopes the two electronic giants will settle in March. Everyone hopes so to, but won’t be holding their breath.

Author | Stephan Lourens

Stephan Lourens
Born 20 years too early. Curses sometimes. Thinks too much. Believes plug-and-play is the best invention ever. If asked what he wants for his birthday he will say a gadget, then money. So he can go buy a gadget. More
  • Andy Walker

    Hi CerN and thanks for the comment!
    We’re definitely planning a follow up article, so Metal Gear’s blunt talker will definitely make the cut. Keep the suggestions coming though!

  • I completely agree with Comstock, especially when you realise who/what he really is.

    Off the top of my head, I’d have to include the following:

    Nemesis – Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
    As a kid, this guy scared me. A lot. His relentless pursuit of you throughout the streets of Raccoon City, who is similar to the Mr. X tyrants from the Resident Evil 2 B games, scared the daylights out me. I’ll be wandering around a street searching for ammo or a clue when I hear “STARS!” and watch the bastard running full force towards me. Don’t even get me started on his S&M look.

    His introduction when killing of S.T.A.R.S. member Brad Vickers was terrifying.

    Big Boss – The Metal Gear series
    Big Boss is a character I love. In the first few Metal Gear games we’re told he’s a rogue agent who instigates Outer Heaven and Zanzibar Land. As Solid Snake, you’re forced to kill him as part of your missions. From then on he’s spoken about in MGS1 and 2, you play as him in MGS3, 5, Portable Ops, and Peace Walker, and… well, I won’t spoil Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. You realise he’s not actually a bad guy, but there is something else going on behind the scenes and circumstances forcing his actions.

    Sephiroth – Final Fantasy VII
    Created from the remnants of an ancient alien, Sephiroth doesn’t start out bad. Rather, he’s somewhat driven insane upon discovering the notes of a scientist, Dr. Hojo. The silver-haired soldier discovers more truths and lies about himself and starts a quest to destroy those who’ve wronged him, while setting in motion the plans of his mother.

    In rebuttal, some would say Dr. Hojo is the true villain of Final Fantasy VII.

    The Town – Silent Hill franchise
    Yes, the town of Silent Hill isn’t a person, but it is a character. All of the monsters and horrors in the town are manifestations of the protagonist’s own fears, guilt, and dark recesses of their minds. The town can feed off of these emotions and bring monsters to life. In saying this the best Silent Hill villain would have to be Pyramid Head, which in turn means the best villain is James Sunderland – protagonist of Silent Hill 2.

    ??? – BioShock 1
    In all good conscience I cannot give away this reveal. Not only is ??? the main villain of BioShock, but a superb villain at that. Now, would you kindly agree with me?

  • Wiehahn

    Yeah, I loved Comstock. He is probably my one of my favourite villains in gaming (I am extremely biased towards anything to do with Bioshock Infinite).

    Thanks for the other additions!

    As I am predominantly a PC gamer, I don’t really know much of them but I am sure they are just as severely twisted and entertaining as any character on this list! I wish a could experience more of the Metal Gear Series as it looks beyond awesome. Recently played Ground Zeroes and it really liked the its vibe (big fan of the Splinter Cell series), so sure Big Boss must make an excellent villain.


  • Most of these games are on Steam – par Resident Evil 3 – so you should give some of ’em a go.

  • Wiehahn

    Cool, thanks man. Will be sure to check them out!

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