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Apple Fires Cease and Desist at GetJar, GetJar Gets Feisty

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Jul 9, 2011, 9:37 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple recently sent mobile application distributor GetJar a cease and desist order, demanding that the company stop using the term "app store" in reference to its repository of applications for mobile devices. Apple maintains that it has ownership of the term, and has raised the issue with other companies, such as Amazon and Microsoft. GetJar responded to the letter in a blog post, saying, "GetJar won't be subject to this kind of bullying. We're not going to 'Cease & Desist'. We were here long before Steve & Co. We were built by developers, to help developers. Not to help sell handsets or search results. In the words of Twisted Sister: We're not going to take it! Steve Jobs isn’t our Dad." GetJar argues that it doesn't compete with Apple's App Store, which is a closed system. Instead, GetJar is serious about distributing free applications to whoever wants them. Apple hasn't responded to GetJar's emotional reaction.

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Jul 10, 2011, 9:36 PM

Question for Apple...

How come you did nothing when Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin named their child 'Apple'?

Because it obviously had nothing to do with hardware, software, or other intellectual property.

Jul 10, 2011, 5:58 PM

They Do It Because They Can

As long as the fanboys contine to line up just to buy their overpriced (and overated) products Apple will continue to bully anyone they they think are standing in their way. Their legions of fans are providing Steve Jobs and company the fuel they need to fund their Reign of Lawsuits.
TheRobotDevil said:
As long as the fanboys contine to line up just to buy their overpriced (and overated) products Apple will continue to bully anyone they they think are standing in their way. Their legions of fans are providing S
Hitur Petar

Jul 9, 2011, 12:41 PM

I don't get it

Just as they are set to lose the court case over the phrase app store, they are starting new battles with new people. As soon as the court rules, and the indication is that apple is sure to lose, then the point would be moot. So why bother? Don't have a bad enough image already???
What I do know is that I wish I were a part of the attorney team for Apple. So many billable court hours...
Apple thinks they are the best and can dictate what other companies can and cannot do just because of the popularity if the Iphone (which isn't that great I've tried it). Get over yourself Steve Jobs get down off your high horse.....
It comes down to trademark laws. If the don't defend the trademark, they'll lose it for sure. While the case is pending, they still have a chance of retaining it. They must show that they actively enforce their trademark. Otherwise, the issue of w...
The Purpose is they are trying to get a Judge to rule so they can get precidence there by getting a favorable ruling on any other Lawsuit of the same type

Jul 10, 2011, 5:41 PM


Next up for Apple- figuring out how to sue grocery stores for labeling a certain fruit with the name of their company.
this reminds me of the time ralph lauren trademarked the word polo, and then people that played polo couldn't use the word anymore. they tried to do the same thing with rugby but the rugby community said f u. i think ralph and steve should get toget...

Jul 9, 2011, 10:28 AM


πŸ™„ getjar wad around BEFORE apple's app store.
next thing you know, they will sue farmers for selling those red things that grow on trees...I think they are called apples....oops am I next?

Jul 9, 2011, 7:29 PM

Emotional reaction?

I hope that was sarcasm. What is emotional about telling Jobs to take a long walk on a short pier? Someone needs to have the gut to speak it.
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