Amazon Stops Appstore Submissions in Germany, Court Ruling Favours Apple

Apple has managed to put an injunction against Amazon for using a similar term to refer to its house of e-book apps for Android platform, in Germany.

According to PC Mag, web retailer and e-book seller Amazon Inc. has published a message through emails to its developers in Germany informing them about suspension of app inclusion for its appstore in the country as the authorities have taken action in favour of Apple’s lawsuit.

"We have been forced to impose this restriction due to a legal action filed by Apple in Germany seeking to prevent us from using the term "appstore." We believe Apple's claim is without merit and are actively contesting it," an email by Amazon reads.

The email has explained that the tab which allows developers to submit their apps to the store has been removed by the company. Amazon says that it hopes to start accepting apps from German developers very soon and that a notification will be provided as and when the service begins.

The news comes after Apple could not convince a federal judge in the District Court of Oakland, California to prohibit Amazon from using the term “AppStore” as it is a trademark for the online store used by Apple Inc. to offer large number of applications to users and that its users may get confused which in turn could affect its revenue.