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Apple's at it again, this time back on its "We own the words 'App Store'" reign of terror. While a judge denied Apple's request to bar Amazon from using "Appstore" in a preliminary injunction before the issue is decided at trial, that isn't stopping the world's most infamously litigious tech giant from going after everyone and their brother using the words.

And until the Amazon trial is settled or decided (it's on the docket - for October 2012), Apple is free to go about threatening and pursuing more legal action, even though its trademark on the words "App Store" remains actively contested (by Microsoft) in its bid for certification at the USPTO.

GetJar, a popular 3rd party app store (gasp), received a cease and desist letter from Apple this week, and has decided it's not going to concede to Apple's demands. This is, in part, due to a longstanding philosophical beef that GetJar has with Apple's closed app ecosystem, and it seems this was as good a time as any to take a stand against what GetJar calls Apple's "bullying." It's good to see someone take a stand, but really, the big chips are being played on different tables - namely, the Amazon v. Apple case, and Microsoft's filing with the USPTO contesting Apple's trademark.

You can check out GetJar's feelings on all this on the company's developer blog, here.

GetJar Developer Blog

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Mesmorino

    I truly do not know what goes on in the heads of those morons. It's like someone woke up one morning and decided to patent a phrase. Literally

  • Jim

    Next thing we know, A**(ho)le will claim to have a patent on "Hello" ... and threaten to sue everyone who dares use the phrase.

    • JCS

      Hey, Steve Jobs has a patent pending on A**(ho)le, the postman may be coming for a special "sign here" visit soon...

  • ?

    Well parts of the human genome are copyrighted next thing will be parts of the human language.

    • Mesmorino

      Whoa whoa whoa, copyrighted by whom?! And for what purpose? And exactly how do they propose to enforce this copyright, tell people not to spread their genes?

      • E Mad

        Copyrighted by scientists doing research on the genes. The copyright/patent just means that only he can do research on the gene.

  • http://www.droidweb.com Droidweb

    Apple really needs to step back and wonder where they would be today if one of the many pre-ipod .mp3 player manufacturers had sued them for 'stealing their idea'... There needs to be something done about all of this patent trolling going on in the tech sector.

    • Darren

      I believe they were sued by Creative a few years ago because Apple stole the click pad wheel idea from them. Apple discretely settled out of court on that one.
      Maybe they're getting their own back now.

  • Deltaechoe

    Apple is an evil sue happy company, hell, I bet they've threatened kids doing school projects about their systems with legal action.

  • Jim

    I guess Appple doesn't know stuff like "Cola" isn't a trademark. We have Coke, Pepsi, Shasta, etc and they are all Colas.

    A judge already ruled that Amazon could still us "App Store" so this should be good for Getjar.

  • JayMonster

    This was a very sneaky move by Apple. If they had gotten GetJar to blink it's would have bolstered their case. This is the same sneaky back door tactics that Microsoft is using with Android by going after the smaller companies ( or ones they have relationships with) rather than going after Google directly.

  • Elvis

    I'm tellin' you, they just like wasting people's money hahaha

  • kevin

    Apple sucks hairy ballz

  • http://rootandroid.net Root Android

    Apple is running around suing and being sued all the time! :)

    • MeMe

      Every company does that. It's just that people like to read about Apple doing it so that's why there are so many articles about it.

  • ErOR

    Apple will get what they deserve, just you watch and I'm going to be laughing so hard at these tools.

  • Kenshin07

    This makes me hate GetJar a little less...just a little.

    • MikeJwF

      Why would you hate GetJar in the first place?

  • https://plus.google.com/108831698929148269327/posts/UEcLpht77JV dasher
  • jcbzone

    Go Go Go Getjar!

  • Tom

    Job and the rest of that horseshit bunch are the reason I, after quite a few years of being an Apple II user, would never own anything else they make.

    When the Apple II line was discontinued many years ago I told Apple Corp, in an email, to go screw themselves. I meant it then and I mean it now. I would go back to an abacus and a slide-rule before I would ever buy one of their computers, or anything else Apple Corp makes.

    • Mesmorino

      You said it brother. Sheeeeit, I'd go back to freaking logarithm TABLES before I'd buy an Apple device

  • Tom

    Apple is an evil monster. That said I guess I'll be hearing from that other sue-happy company Monster Cable.

  • Oro

    Steve Jobs reminds me of Voldemort (Harry Potter Villain) Where, saying his name summons him. Scares everyone into submission and forces people to say "he-who-must-not-be-named" to avoid his wrath.

    In this scenario, it summons his Lawyers to sue you for using the word "apps" instead of killing you. If your a minor company in this game, he can sue you to oblivion.

  • L boogie

    You gotta luv this we-can-do-no-wrong "tech innovation" company and their "good artists copy, great artists steal" leader that feels all your anything/everything are belong to us.

  • Tom

    Hey steve "the bitch" jobs, if you're reading this I want to say that you can...


  • Gurt

    Next in line to be sued are:
    - any company claiming to produce "Apple juice"
    - "MAC" Donalds
    - Everyone called "OS"wald
    - New York for being "The big Apple"
    - Any company claiming to produce "Phones"
    - Any company marketing Knee"pads", shoulder"pads" etceteras
    - Any institution infringing on the word "book", so I recon libraries, bookstores, booking agencys etceteras

    That should be good :-)

  • mad as hell

    Leave it to APPLE to get loved as much as the whack jobs [pun intended] out in Topeka Kansas Mostly known as Whack jobs that protest at Soldiers Funerals Who are also sue happy idiots!

    One More reason to never ever buy Apples products!
    After all you don't own them...they own you!

  • MicroNix

    Next up, a patent on the letter i immediately followedby a noun.

    • Void

      Apple on the other hand have sued other companies for using the letter i at the beginning of their product names

  • Lucian Armasu

    There should be more companies going to court with patent or trademark trolls. It's the only way to stop their abuse, in the future as well.

    Samsung should also go to court with Microsoft over those patents for which they want $15 per phone.

  • Tom

    I wonder if they're going to sue the makers of the TV show iCarly?

    • JayMonster

      I wondered about that too, with their PearPods and PearBooks. But then again, since it really is so transparent, Apple gets a pseudo product placement and doesn't have to pay for it.

      • Tom

        When I posted about iCarly I didn't think about the PearBooks or Pods. I was being sarcastic about the title of the show because of it starting with a lower-case "i".

        You do however make a valid point.

  • SamsaraGuru

    If I were were a grower of apples I would be very scared about now; after all didn't Apple invent the apple too; doesn't it have proprietary rights to both who may grow and who may sell them throughout the world?

    Frankly, it would be in character for them - anyone who can claim to have created the design of a tablet "a square with rounded corners with a piece of glass in the middle" as they did when they tried to exert ownership of the shape and design of all pads.

    Unfortunately for them, Knight Ridder had already not only "invented" that shape (the rectangle) back in 1994 but irritatingly had documented it on film to show what they felt the future would hold.

    Still, if I were an apple grower I would be more than a little concerned.