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Registered: ‎07-14-2008
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Re: Unfair and Unhealthy Competition from a Developer Called nextGen

This is not new.  I have this happen to me last year with BBOS apps.  They would literally copy my app down to the same configurations.

 

Also they would create fake reviews.  They have 1000s of same fake reviews.  I complaint to RIM back then and nothing was done.

 

There are number of developers like nexGen.  eg: AppsForBB, Droid Mobile.  All they do is rip off other developers.  If you look at their apps and read some of the reviews you will see why.

 

BlackBerry really need to crack down these developers.

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Re: Unfair and Unhealthy Competition from a Developer Called nextGen

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Honestly, nextGen isn't even the first with an Animated BBM Avatar app...

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Re: Unfair and Unhealthy Competition from a Developer Called nextGen

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Hi rhearty,

 

Thank you for the prompt response.

 

I am wondering when is this stream of negative reviews gonna stop.

My app received one more similar review yesterday, but luckily it has been denied, so I could no longer see the username, but judging from the content, I think I know who wrote that.

 

Here is the screenshot from the Vendor Portal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additionally, here is the screenshot of his FIRST email asking me to remove my app from BlackBerry World, which, in my opinion, is ABSURD.

 

If it were valid, he would have shown me his "Intellectual Property" document.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And below is the screenshot of his SECOND email and the SUMMONS attachment he emailed me, which I doubt its validity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUESTION:

 

1. Is this SUMMONS valid? Is it possible to do this? I mean, if you are unhappy/ can't compete fairly with other vendors, you simply go to the nearest court and file a lawsuit EVEN IF YOU DONT OWN ANY IP? Is it as simple as that?

 

If there is anyone who has the right to SUE, it is the OWNER of the ANIMATED GIFS, which in my opinion is UNTRACEABLE.

 

 

The content found/included in my application (Motion Avatars for BBM) and his application (Animated Avatars for BBM), were retrieved from VARIOUS WEBSITES THAT don't even OWN the GIFs.

 

 

One example  of those websites is http://www.animatedgif.net/

 

Developer
Posts: 238
Registered: ‎12-26-2010
My Device: BlackBerry Z10
My Carrier: Telus

Re: Unfair and Unhealthy Competition from a Developer Called nextGen

This reminds me of InstaPhoto, do they violate instagram IP by creating a similar app?

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Posts: 120
Registered: ‎03-13-2012
My Device: Playbook, Dev Alpha C, Q10, Z10, Z30
My Carrier: T-Mobile

Re: Unfair and Unhealthy Competition from a Developer Called nextGen

It seems odd that the so called summons is dated June 5, 2013. 

 

If I had to guess, this is coming from someone who doesn't understand the way dates are written in the US.

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Registered: ‎12-26-2010
My Device: BlackBerry Z10
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Re: Unfair and Unhealthy Competition from a Developer Called nextGen

You mean its a fake summons?
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Re: Unfair and Unhealthy Competition from a Developer Called nextGen

That would be my guess.  6/5/13 is June 5th, 2013 in the United States.  I know in many parts of the world it would be interpreted as the 6th of May, 2013. 

 

I have doubts that a California clerk would make that mistake.  

Developer
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Registered: ‎12-26-2010
My Device: BlackBerry Z10
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Re: Unfair and Unhealthy Competition from a Developer Called nextGen

Well, nextgen filed it on the 5th of May, so 5th of June is the hearing date right?
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Re: Unfair and Unhealthy Competition from a Developer Called nextGen

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NextGen is all BS.  BlackBerry should banned him from BlackBerry World.  Look at all this apps. They are copy cats.

 

Eddy, if you are going to get sued you would have received a written document deliveried via UPS/FEDEX to your door and not a simple email.

 

Ask him for his lawyer who drafted the letter or better yet call the office that issued the summon paper.

 

 

 

 

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Registered: ‎07-27-2011
My Device: Red Z10, 32GB PlayBook, Numerous Android/WP8/FirefoxOS/Other devices
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Re: Unfair and Unhealthy Competition from a Developer Called nextGen

Wow this is nuts.
I had a sudden increase in negative reviews when a different Dev made about 20 copies of my Tablet TV app, but never thought to compare the reviewers. Maybe I should go back and check?
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