Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jun 2011 22:46 UTC
In the News As we reported earlier this week, Apple is busy sending out cease and desist letters to small, defenceless projects to defend its trademark application (it doesn't actually own the trademark yet) for 'app store'. This has prompted many a discussion over the trademarkability of such a generic term, and over the origins of the abbreviation 'app'. Who came up with it? How old is it? To my surprise - the abbreviation is much older than you'd think, and in a way, it illustrates quite well the demise of the programmer. What? Read on.
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This is a red herring
by mkone on Fri 24th Jun 2011 23:18 UTC
mkone
Member since:
2006-03-14

Apple is not trademarking app. They are trademarking "App Store". They are not disallowing anyone calling their apps "apps". If App Store is such an obvious name, why was no one using it before. Apple has popularised the "App Store" moniker, and they want to be the only ones reaping the benefit. This is such a non issue. When it comes to computing, there are real issue, like lock-in, interoperability etc that need addressed, not the name someone gives to their store.

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RE: This is a red herring
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 24th Jun 2011 23:22 in reply to "This is a red herring"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Apple is not trademarking app. They are trademarking "App Store". They are not disallowing anyone calling their apps "apps". If App Store is such an obvious name, why was no one using it before. Apple has popularised the "App Store" moniker, and they want to be the only ones reaping the benefit. This is such a non issue. When it comes to computing, there are real issue, like lock-in, interoperability etc that need addressed, not the name someone gives to their store.


Please go back and read the first paragraph after the teaser kthnxbi.

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RE: This is a red herring
by _txf_ on Fri 24th Jun 2011 23:25 in reply to "This is a red herring"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Apple is not trademarking app. They are trademarking "App Store". They are not disallowing anyone calling their apps "apps".


Go see the comments in the other article for other peoples opinions on that logical fallacy.

But to add my own... Why can't I trademark "Book Store" or any other similar term?

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RE[2]: This is a red herring
by MOS6510 on Sat 25th Jun 2011 06:11 in reply to "RE: This is a red herring"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Did you popularize this term then?

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RE: This is a red herring
by WereCatf on Sat 25th Jun 2011 04:55 in reply to "This is a red herring"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Apple is not trademarking app. They are trademarking "App Store". They are not disallowing anyone calling their apps "apps". If App Store is such an obvious name, why was no one using it before. Apple has popularised the "App Store" moniker, and they want to be the only ones reaping the benefit. This is such a non issue. When it comes to computing, there are real issue, like lock-in, interoperability etc that need addressed, not the name someone gives to their store.


To give a simple yet exactly equally obvious example: should I be able to just go out and trademark "Shopping Mall" as my own?

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RE[2]: This is a red herring
by Glynser on Tue 28th Jun 2011 12:15 in reply to "RE: This is a red herring"
Glynser Member since:
2007-11-29

It is not the same.

There have been tons of shopping malls around (and book stores, computer shops, food stores, etc to all those other commentors), so it's obvious you can't take the term as a trademark for shopping malls.

But have you EVER seen an app store before?

There was never an "app store", no one ever used the term "app store", so one can definitely invent the name "App Store" and use it for his newly created "app store". Those were "download portals" before, or whatever you called them, but certainly not "app stores".

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