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Developer Disturbed Over Apple App Store Infringement Complaint Handling Procedure

In what could be seen as a rather classic example of the willy-nilly management by Apple in handling infringement complaints surrounding its App Store, an iPhone app-developer is grumbling about the way the company dealt with him because of the claims made by a rival developer, according to a story published on the website OS News.

According to the website, the developer John Fehr from Cadabra Corp. posted an app, named “DishLoc”, on the store back on 23 September, which was approved on 8th October.

A couple of days later, the developer posted the second version of the app, which aimed at helping users in positioning their satellite dish antennas appropriately using the handset’s camera and screen, and the second iteration received the company’s nod on 3rd November.

Everything was going in favour of Fehr until he received an email from the company containing the complaint from another developer, from DP Technologies, who offers a similar app called “DishPointer”.

The mail reportedly asked Fehr to remove the app in question by November 10, or otherwise the company itself would remove it from its signature App Store.

The complaint stated that the app from DP Technologies appeared on the store just a day before Fehr submitted his app.

The distressed developer quoted in is blog post: “We submitted our app through iTunes Connect a day or two before theirs was released, so we couldn't have copied design elements”.

He further raised the issue of submitting apps of the similar kind on the store by saying, “Copied functionality? Really? Two apps on the app store can't have similar functionality? Tell that to all the flashlight apps, video poker apps, [insert game here] apps”

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