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Firm, NBplc Fight over Illegal Use of Intellectual Property

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Evanpower Engineering Limited, an engineering firm has threatened to drag Nigerian Breweries, brewery giant to court over alleged usage of its Intellectual Property without pay.

 

The beer company in their response to the petition, said that there was no merit in the claim by the engineering company.

 

The beer company he said “rejects this claim in its entirety”

 

Evanpower Engineering is however claiming the usage of its “blueprint” by the Brewery in solving an important problem without pay, in addition to owing the firm outstanding contractual obligations.

 

The claim was contained in a petition by its Counsel A.U.G Ojinta to the Managing Director of the Nigeria Breweries Plc (NBplc) demanding for the payment of N750 million and N3, 744, 153.15 as fees for the Blueprint design and work done respectively at NBplc’s Ama plant 9th Mile Corner in Enugu State.

 

However, in a quick reaction, NBplc denied owing the firm any money insisting that whatever job the firm did was paid for.

 

But in the petition made available to journalists in Enugu, Ojinta, counsel to Evanpower Engineering Ltd alleged that NBL refused to pay the engineering company after using the blueprint it designed to solve a control system challenge at its Ama plant.

 

He said: “Our client instructs that sometime in the month of July 2014, your company’s Access Control System at Ama was struck by lightning and the Superterm Control Panel at the security room at the entrance gate 2 was damaged. Your company had advertised for the repair but because it was a highly specialist job, none of your registered vendors/contractors could handle or bided for it.

 

“As at that time, our Client was not registered as a Vendor/Contractor with your Company. She was sought for and she came. She repaired the broken down Superterm panel and got the panel to work with the Turnstile gate and that made history at your Ama plant as, from the information she got later, none of your Company’s registered contractors in Nigeria has ever been able to record such feat in your Access Control System. This particular service was paid for by your Company”.

 

Ojinta stated that following the repair, the NBplc asked his Client to apply for registration as vendor/ Contractor with the company, which she did and was registered on May 21, 2015, under the automation, instrumentation and Control System category.

 

Ojinta stated that his Client was issued with work permit after the registration and was instructed to work on Revamping the Access Control System at the company’s Ama plant, sometime in June, 2017.

 

“Our client was issued with work permits which covered the period June 4 to July 31, 2017 duly endorsed by the Automation Engineer, Engineering Manager, Safety Manager and Brewery Manager which actually was for revamping of the Access Control System and other ancillary work that included laying new cables at the Turnstile Gate at Ama plant. At the end PO was raised dated August 7, 2017 attesting to the fact that my client had been through with what my client was asked to do”, he stated

 

Ojinta added that, Evanpower Engineering Limited had before then developed a blue print for NBL which was used in solving the Access Control System at the demand of the beer company’s automation engineer

 

“The first part was made available to you through your said Automation Engineer in July 2017 while the second was in October 2017”, he said

 

Ojinta stated that the NBplc had gone ahead to ditch the services of his Client when it had not paid for the use of the Blue Print from him.

 

He stated that the NBplc acknowledged the receipt and use of his Client’s Blue Print vide her letter of June 14, 2018.

 

“Unfortunately, in the said letter, your company first claimed that our client never made it clear that she was to be paid for the use of the Blue Print, her intellectual property, by your company. That we consider very absurd to say the least. Secondly, she chose to confuse our client’s demand for payment of N3, 744, 153. 15 for services already rendered as contained in the technical report she had sent to you with her demand for payment for the use of her Blue Print.

 

“It is against the foregoing that our client has instructed us to demand and we demand that your company pay within 21 days from the receipt of this letter”, Ojinta said.

 

The NBplc, has however denied any liability to the Engineering firm, stressing that there was no record of any transaction of such documented with the company.

 

Mr Chidubem Aguguo, NBplc’s legal manager, Operations, stated in their response to the petition that there was no merit in the claim by the engineering company. The beer company he said “rejects this claim in its entirety”

 

He said: “We reiterate that at no time did we commit to pay your client for any document (Whether quotation, blueprint or any other document whatsoever) submitted by it in respect of the reactivation of the access control system at our Ama Brewery (“Project”). Moreover, your client was duly paid for the work it did for us, including the materials it supplied for the project.

 

“Thus we are not in any way indebted to your client to any amount whatsoever. We found the claim to be without merit and do hereby reject same in its entirety”.

 

 

 

 

 


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21st Century Technologies Launches Konet, Solutions to All Communication Needs

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21st Century Technologies Limited, Nigeria’s ICT powerhouse has launched Konet- a wholly grown indigenous fully customizable, real-time collaboration tool that allows users to work and share.

21st Century Technologies Launches Konet, Solutions to All Communication Needs

Wale Ajiesebutu, EVC/CEO, 21st Century Technologies

With Konet, users  can: chat with people from all over the world, create newsgroups, organize remote meetings, build  professional network or even follow the news of their contacts

Wale Ajiesebutu, executive vice chairman/chief executive officer, 21st Century Technologies, said that “ Konet allows for real-time collaboration and improved productivity in your workplace. There are no limits, be you an individual looking for affordable solution, a small business owner, or large organizations” he added.

Some of the security and protection on Konet include: cloud 24/7 NOC & technical operation; secured media and signaling flows; encrypting data during traffic and during storage; and unique and dedicated, only includes the user group you defined.

Others are: generalized to your company, includes all the users you defined along with all your company and subsidiary users;  public, your company users and the rest of the world; and for quicker approval process of documents shared.

Konet adapts to user’s needs and those of the teams by offering fully customizable tool.

It has inbuilt instant chat messages to keep in touch with your teams and users can organize group discussions.

Users can also share files in their workgroups so that members can access them at any time.

It has the latest activities and notifications available in one click from the  dashboard.

Konet has flexible rates according to the number of collaborators without limit of the number of meetings or documents exchanged.

For conferences; users can call to organize remote meetings with their  teams around the world.

The mail service is very easy to use and with modules like; scheduled mail delivery, auto forwarding, auto response, filtering (inbound and outbound address ip ad domain) To-do.

Another feature ofKonet  is spam protection and account delegation as well as disclaimer and can automatically sort emails into different categories to reduce clutter. This feature is really helpful.

 

 

 

 


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Outcomexpo Unveils Nigeria’s 1st Digital Expo Center

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With technology shrinking the world to a global village, Outcomexpo, a mobile friendly indigenous solution that allows event organisers to run trade shows and exhibitions has been launched into the Nigerian market.

Speaking to Technology Journalists at the weekend via virtual press conference, Maritha Anyanwu, Head, Media & Publicity Outcomexpo.com said that the development of the solution was informed as a result of Covid-19 which now compelled the event industry across the globe to look for new and innovative ways to stay relevant.

“Under these circumstances, Outcomexpo stepped up to fill the much-needed gap and bring relief by launching a world-class Digital Expo Center which can be used by any organiser accross the globe.

“It is mobile-friendly and allows Organisers to host Digital Trade Shows. Buyers from the comfort of their homes or offices can attend without physical and geographical barriers associated with traditional expos”, she explained.

While the solution enables exhibitors to understand and get insights to buyers behaviour via rich reporting and advanced analytics, by showcasing on the digital platform, she added that organisers get huge cost savings on venue, travel, hotel, logistics and other expenses.

“Buyers have ease of registration and access from the comfort of their homes without going through hassles and stress just to get to the venue. They also have Real-time live chat and 1-1 video with Exhibitors”, she further explained.

Speaking on other features and benefits of the solution, she disclosed that exhibitors could have their customizable display booth showcasing company multimedia elements including e-brochures, posters, videos and more.

Showcase unlimited product offerings with rich content formats and allow attendees to access and explore these offerings from the comforts of their homes, she said.

Live communication between Buyers and Exhibitors in real-time through chat facilities and to bring about a more engaging and interactive experience, she said is among unique features of the digital platform.

Excellent source of acquisition of new suppliers, possibility of reaching to bulk buyers whom rarely participate in traditional fair, but who spend a lot of time on the internet. Incomparably lower costs of participation in a Digital expo, high return on investment in participating in the Digital expo in comparison with the participation in the traditional expo, are also among the benefits and features of the digital platform.


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Computer Society Welcomes INEC’s eVoting Plan

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Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its plan to fully adopt electronic voting in major elections starting from 2021.

Computer Society Welcomes INEC’s eVoting Plan

Prof. Adesina Sodiya, president, NCS, in a statement, expressed the society’s support of the decision, which was made known by the commission last month, in its policy document on conducting elections in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sodiya said, “NCS is indeed happy with the current position of the electoral umpire to work towards the full introduction of electronic voting in major elections starting from 2021.

“This is a decision which has been hitherto advocated by NCS and indeed, the panacea for better and transparent electoral processes.”

He pointed out that Nigerians had paid the price through electoral violence in a bid to conduct their civic duties, saying e-voting would solve the electoral challenges unlike other methods.

He said, “Certainly, e-voting will curb electoral violence, coercion, intimidation, wastage of resources and general result manipulations. It will enhance prudency, reliability and acceptability of results.

“With the current pandemic ravaging the whole world, the full adoption of e-voting for our subsequent elections in Nigeria becomes inevitable.”

The president pledged the support of NCS and Computer Professionals (Regulatory Council) of Nigeria in the full adoption of e-voting in Nigeria and expressed their willingness to partner with INEC.

He added, “The NCS and CPN are ready to partner INEC in strengthening the Information Technology capacities and capabilities of the commission for the effective realisation of the lofty plan.

“The IT community can provide the backbone for the very best in processes, technologies and people needed for planning, execution and evaluation of the e-voting system.”


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