Etisalat ordered to pay 30m to AUH resident; to stop its mobile TV services.
Abu Dhabi First Instance Court ordered Dubai telco Etisalat to pay UAE national Mosa Isa Mosa Al Amiri Dh30 million in compensation and to stop its mobile TV services.
According a Emirates Business report, Al Amiri, after failing to reach an agreement with Etisalat, sued the company which he claims used his invention – without his knowledge and approval – for launching its mobile TV services which streams high quality content over the Internet to mobile devices.
Al Amiri had asked for Dh20m in compensation and his defence increased the amount to Dh100m for “moral and financial harms” that Etisalat caused him.
Etisalat denied the claims saying it had bought its mobile TV system from a Chinese company called Huawei.
Al Amiri won the case after appealing twice against experts’ verdicts. Last year on May 5, 2009, the court assigned an expert who, after an investigation, denied any similarities between the Al Amiri’s invention and the system used by Etisalat.
Another appeal was made, with new experts finding similarities between the two devices not exceeding 20 percent. However, after appealing again, a new team of experts was assigned, and found that Etisalat’s system depended on the same idea as the patented invention.
Source: Emirates Business