Amazon stop app submissions following Apple lawsuit

Amazon Germany hit by Apple legal dispute

Apple 'App Store' lawsuit sees Amazon Germany stop app submissions

Amazon has been forced to stop accepting submissions to its Android application store in the US after Apple filed a lawsuit against the retailer’s use of the term ‘App Store’.

With a judge in the US dismissing Apple’s attempted legal battle with Amazon over the trademarked use of the term ‘App Store’ the Cupertino-based company took its legal action to Europe where the German arm of Amazon has now been made to cease operations of its Amazon AppStore.

“We wanted to notify you of a recent change to your Developer Portal account; for the time being, we are not accepting new app submissions from developers located in Germany,” Amazon told a number of applications developers via email.

“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.”

The retailer went on to add that: “It could be possible that we will see similar things happening in other European countries, and Amazon may be forced to stop taking application submissions in those countries as well until the various court cases reach their conclusion.”

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Via: GeekyGadgets