The company says the term is too generic and competitors should be
able to use it.
“An ‘app store’ is an ‘app store’,” said Russell Pangborn,
Microsoft’s associate general counsel. “Like ‘shoe store’ or ‘toy
store’, it is a generic term that is commonly used by companies,
governments and individuals that offer apps.”
“The term ‘app store’ should continue to be available for use by
all without fear of reprisal by Apple.”