When is an app store not an App Store? When it's an Android Market, an Ovi Store or an Amazon Appstore. An alliance of companies that provide mobile apps is challenging Apple's trademark of the term "app store" -- and now they've brought their fight to Europe.
Microsoft, Nokia, HTC and Sony Ericsson threw in their lot to challenge Apple's trademark in the US, and the war has now spread to the European theatre. The axis of apps has appealed to the EU's Community Trade Mark office to make Apple's trademark invalid.
Apps are big business -- even
Sure, the name App Store is generic and boring, but it also does exactly what it says on the tin. Every new app shop is forced to come up with an increasingly esoteric name -- how many ways can you say 'store for apps'?
Google bagged 'market' for the Android Market. RIM went with BlackBerry World. HP has an App Catalog. Nokia thought out of the box with Ovi. Then Amazon audaciously named its store, for which Apple also holds a trademark. Apple is currently fighting that one in US federal court.
What's next? We're looking forward to someone opening an App Boutique, App Stall or App-erdashery. Should Apple be allowed to keep the App Store trademark, and what would you call your App Store?