|By Maureen O'Gara||
|January 17, 2013 09:45 AM EST||
A US magistrate judge Monday ordered Apple and Amazon to try settling their two-year-old App Store trademark dispute before going to trial August 19.
They'll be closeted together for negotiation on March 21 and the judge said, "No participant in the settlement conference will be permitted to leave the settlement conference before it is concluded."
Apple claims that Amazon's Appstore treads on its App Store mark and confuses the consumer. Amazon contends the term is generic and commonplace in the industry.
A district court has just absolved Amazon of Apple's charge of false advertising.
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