SANTA&COLE - Lawsuit against Qatar due to counterfeiting 1,000 streetlamps
=> the public company qatarí Ashghal falsifies the Latin lamppost “?, designed by
arquitecta Beth Galí and produced and commercialized by the company Santa &
Cole, and installs near 1,000 false units in A the Waab Street, the main one
avenue of Doha
=> Beth Galí interposes a demand in the Courts of Barcelona stops
to denounce the case, where “ has expressed his total confidence in justice
Spanish to solve a flagrant case of falsification on great scale?
=> BCD and Santa & Cole, as well as diverse personalities of the architecture and
the design of Barcelona, goes to the courts to show their support and
to denounce the facts publicly
=> Javier Grandson, president of Santa&Cole: “ Is inconceivable that a state
as Qatar commits a falsification of this monumentalidad?
=> Pau Herrera, president of BCD: “ the protection of the design like factor of
innovation is essential for the creation of economic and social value?
Barcelona, 29 of June of 2012; Arquitecta Beth Galí, the president of Santa & Cole, Javier Grandson Santa, and president of BCD Barcelona Centro of Design, Pau Herrera, has summoned this morning to mass media in the City of the Justice of Barcelona to denounce a case publicly of
falsification on great scale committed by the State of Qatar.
The encounter, carried out to the doors of the City of the Justice of Barcelona, has been celebrated in the occasion of the demand by moral damages presented/displayed today by Beth Galí against Qatar, state that, through the public company Ashghal, falsified in 2006 the Latin lamppost “?, designed by arquitecta Catalan and produced and commercialized by the company Santa & Cole.
This case of falsification on great scale acquires special relevance because the violator is a sovereign state, although also by the monumentalidad of the action and the development of the events.
The crime perpetrated by the state of Qatar can be contemplated throughout the 10 kilometers of A the Waab Street, the main avenue of the qatarí capital, Doha, where the public company Ashghal installed near 900 falsifications of the Latin lamppost.
Although the case occurs to know the public opinion today 29 June 2012, the facts go back to the month of April of 2005, when Ashghal asks for to Santa & Cole a complete project of illumination for the avenue To the Waab Street, in the occasion of XV the Asian Games (Doha 2006). After the election of the Latin lamppost “? on the part of the qataríes authorities - previously adapted to the necessities of the order – and the presentation of up to five projects different with scale models and engineering specifications, in 2006 Ashghal orders the manufacture from near 1,000 copies of the Latin lamppost to a local company.
After six years on attempts to reach a friendly agreement, and after the qatarí government refused to the arbitration of the World-wide Organization of Propiedad Intelectual (OMPI), the case arrives at the Courts of Barcelona and public one becomes of the greater acts of piracy of the history of the design perpetrated by a sovereign state.
Against this background, the part plaintiff, Beth Galí, has expressed before the courts his “ total confidence in Spanish justice to solve a flagrant case of falsification on great scale?.
Support of the enterprise sector and the design
BCD Barcelona Center of Design and Santa & Cole, as well as other personalities of the enterprise world and the sector of the design and the architecture of Barcelona, have accompanied to Beth Galí in the presentation by this first demand, with the objective to show their support and to denounce the facts publicly.
Javier Grandson Santa, president of Santa & Cole, has declared before average the his perplexity before the Latin case, assuring that “ is inconceivable that Qatar, sovereign nation member of the OMPI and the OMC, forced by the agreement of Paris and the ADPIC, commits a falsification of this monumentalidad, something that,
without a doubt, he constitutes a manifest scorn against the author rights?.
In this sense, Pau Herrera, president of BCD, he has assured that “ the protection the design as innovation factor is essential for the creation of economic and social value, and represents one of the most important assets of the professionals and companies of our country?. Herrera has added that cases as this “ not only attempts against our enterprise weave, but also against the model of city that it wants to export Barcelona?.