IPR and Copyright at Apple App Store

hi EE folks

i am planning to develop an iOS app then publish it to the Apple App Store. obviously i don't want to see any other products to use my app's name, logo and icons as well as copy my app features.

rather than applying for the registered trademark, copyright and patents if possible, which are expensive and sound too serious for a small but growing app, i am wondering if Apple's app store could provide some essential protections against my app once it has been approved by Apple.

will Apple later determine and reject an app which uses a cloned or mimic logo and/or icons that i already designed for my app? how about app features and UI design?

also how about the same things on Android platform at Google Play? the similar story or not?

thanks heaps in advance for any suggestions and comments.

regards,
bbao
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KimputerCommented:
Any store, Apple's or Google's have no such thing in place. To trademark it is to get all the appropriate information down on paper and register it. Apple and Google do not have this information stored anywhere nor does any of their procedures involve anything related to this matter (it's just not their job to do so), so any dispute would be a your word against his word situation.
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
thank you for your prompt reply Kimputer.

it seems Apple and Google still play an important role once any dispute arises, see below. how could they determine the real owner of an IPR, depending on which party submitted first at their store?

How to File an App Copyright Infringement Complaint With Apple and Google
https://blog.sensortower.com/blog/2014/12/09/how-to-file-an-app-copyright-infringement-complaint-with-apple-and-google/
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
> To trademark it is to get all the appropriate information down on paper and register it.

do you mean that's something that most app developers have to do? for most apps in the market, they really have done that in reality?
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KimputerCommented:
The disputes are solved quickly if the party submitting the complaint has a good case. These disputes are solved so quickly BECAUSE it was registered. The complaint from copyright and trademark owners are probably always with added proof, and that proof is the registration of that copyright/trademark.

You are reading that article thinking that any dispute is easily solved, but the article is actually trying to warn you. And that warning should make you think twice about leaving your IP just in the open, or to actually protect yourself and register it.

The article clearly states "If the app stores are not able to help you...", and those situations mostly arise when both parties have no proof of claim (both didn't register it), and you have to proof it in the court of law.
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KimputerCommented:
I assume only the bigger names/companies have their IP registered, as those also spend more money developing games and brands, and have to earn money from it. See Candy Crush from King.com
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
>  to actually protect yourself and register it.

as i believe the app store is physically located in the US, does it mean i have to apply for all protections (such as trademark, copyright and patent) in the states, rather than the developer's residence country and/or the targeting users' countries (might be heaps)?
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KimputerCommented:
That's an issue for a trademark / IP agency. They know the law (both local and international), and have advice on where (and which regions) to register your brand/TM/IP so you don't overspend money, but invest enough to protect you.
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
> That's an issue for a trademark / IP agency.

is it possible to DIY all of them to save dollars (might be a lot)? i read some suggestions years ago and a DIY website may help though i forgot the URL.

i guess the DIY sites should be country specific and unlikely a single site could cover all international applications. :(
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KimputerCommented:
DIY is always possible, but as you know, without the correct knowledge, you'll highly likely do the things in a different way (probably not the correct way).
You didn't pick up on the line I wrote
They know the law (both local and international), and have advice on where (and which regions) to register your brand/TM/IP so you don't overspend money, but invest enough to protect you.
DIY won't solve those problems.
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
thanks heaps for the informative replies Kimputer, you did cover most of my concerns.

can i keep the question open for a few more days for hearing a bit more suggestions and comments, if any?
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KimputerCommented:
Of course, that's what this site is for.
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