Microsoft and Apple Sue Over E-Readers, App Store
Lawsuits include patent infringement, unfair competition claims.
As the competition heats up, so do the lawsuits.
Overlaps seem to be inevitable in the current technological market, and software giants are left to do battle over who got there first. Microsoft Corp. continues to build their case against Google Inc.’s Android technology, claiming patent infringement against Barnes & Noble Inc., as well as two other manufacturers, concerning the Droid technology used in the Nook e-reader.
These infringements include Nook supposedly incorporating patented technology that allows users to read content faster (by showing copy before background appears), allowing the user to monitor download statuses and enabling the user to open a new window on the e-reader, according to AP.
Microsoft is seeking damages three fold, as well as compensation for legal costs and an injunction prohibiting further infringement from Google.
Apple has reportedly sued Amazon.com over the use of Apple’s “App Store” moniker in the case of Apple Inc. v. Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), 11-1327, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. Amazon.com has an “Amazon Appstore Developer Portal” on their website, which is a mobile software developer.
Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple, said, “We’ve asked Amazon not to copy the App Store name because it will confuse and mislead customers.”
Apple is currently trying to register the App Store as a trademark in the U.S. and Microsoft is attempting to oppose this bid. The case is currently before a trademark trial and appeals board.
Apple is also claiming unfair competition against Amazon, and is looking to deny Amazon further use of the phrase “App Store”.