Court orders Etisalat to pay Abu Dhabi resident AED 30m

Al Amiri sued Etisalat for using his system that transmits video over the Internet

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Court orders Etisalat to pay Abu Dhabi resident AED 30m Al Amiri sued Etisalat over the firm’s use of his system that transmits high-quality video over the Internet.
By  Elsa Baxter Published  May 18, 2010

A UAE national has finally won his legal case against Etisalat over claims the company used his invention without his approval, it has been reported.

Abu Dhabi First Instance Court ordered Etisalat to pay resident Mosa Isa Mosa Al Amiri AED30 million compensation and halt its mobile TV service, Emirates Business reports on Tuesday.

According to the report, Al Amiri sued Etisalat after failing to reach an agreement over the firm’s use of his system that transmits high-quality video over the Internet.

Etisalat denied the claims and told the court it had bought its mobile TV system from the Chinese company Huawei.

Al Amiri won the case after appealing twice against experts’ verdicts. Last year in court an expert denied any similarities between the invention and Etisalat’s system, the paper reports.

On appeal new experts were assigned to the case, who did not consult documentation submitted by Etisalat, that found similarities between the two devices not exceeding 20 percent.

However, after appealing again, and a new team of experts assigned, it was found that Etisalat's system depends on the same idea as the patented invention.

3228 days ago
Yusuf Salam

We have to appreciate and accept that the legal system in UAE is undisputable and based on true and strong grounds.

3229 days ago
Moni

Despite the major investments in Education systems in UAE and the capabilties developed by IT companies in this country over the past 10 years, the major government entities (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) continue to rely solely and deal directly with international vendors. The major impact is that there are no laws that force international IT vendors to train and develop resources locally; thus building people assets in UAE. This results in low levels of support for the implemented slutions, and continued dependance on the vendors at much higher costs. Where are the lessons learned from the revolution in the local IT market over the past years. Have we not learned yet?

3229 days ago
Mangesh Ramarao

Congratulations Mr.Amiri. I hope this win for justice will spur not only confidence in young entrepenours but also bring sense of awareness among people using specialized services.

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