Apple can not exclusively use the term “app store” in Australia after a ruling in the Federal Court on Wednesday.
Apple was appealing a 2013 decision by the Australian Registrar of Trade Marks, that rejected an application to trademark the use of the term, which was filed by the tech giant in 2008. The appeal was dismissed by Justice David Yates who found the term was used in a more general way, rather than just in reference to Apple’s App Store
The throwing out of this appeal means the company cannot prevent other tech organisations from using the term. Apple was also instructed to pay the related court fees.
“I am satisfied that the mark ‘app store’ is not to any extent inherently adapted to distinguish the designated services,” …