Apple goes after another company over App Store name

Apple clearly doesn't like anyone using the term "App Store". The company is already in one legal fight over the term with Amazon.com and today it was revealed that Apple is going after another company, GetJar, over the use of the term. Mashable has posted up word that GetJar received a "cease and desist" letter from Apple that asked the company to "immediately cease all use of Apple’s APP STORE mark on the website getjar.com."

GetJar.com is a web site that's been in operation since at least 2005 and has offered apps for download for a number of mobile operating systems such as Android, BlackBerry, Java, Symbian and more. While the term "app store" doesn't appear on GetJar.com's main page, the "About" page on the site does called itself "the world’s largest free app store." The article quotes the CEO of GetJar, Ilja Laurs, as saying, "We were surprised to get this cease and desist letter from Apple .." Laurs added that GetJar plans "to continue to use the phrase ‘app store’ to describe what we do. This move by Apple is yet more proof that the company tends to act as if it is above the law, and even as one of the smaller players in the space, we won’t be bullied by Apple.”

Apple has a trademark on the term "App Store" and in March it filed a lawsuit against Amazon.com for its use of the name "appstore" for its Android-based app download site. Earlier this week a judge dismissed a motion by Apple to place an injunction on Amazon.com's use of the term "appstore".

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