Lawsuit Alleges CARICOM Stole Cricket Visa Technology From Bajan Inventor

Excerpts from the Jamaica Gleaner…

CARICOM visa regime stumped by lawsuit?

The Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) attempts to initiate a single visa for Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007, allowing free movement for cricket fans between the host countries, could be stalled by a legal challenge.

Barbadian inventor, David Weekes, claims the regional organisation stole his technology in the development of its visa issuance system. Three companies – David Weekes and Associates, IBIS Latin America Corp. and GODIS Corp. – filed an affidavit in the Barbados High Court on Wednesday seeking to block the use of Weekes’ United States-patented Global Origin and Departure Information System (GODIS) being used without permission.

The affidavit claims that GODIS technology is being used without permission in CARICOM’s advanced passenger information system…

“The confidential information was given on the implicit understanding that the confidential information amounted to our secrets and that they could never be used by anyone else,” stated the legal document which was obtained by the Caribbean Media Corporation.

The plaintiffs claim that they had revealed their technology during discussions with CARICOM since December 2003. They claim that the information was provided on the understanding that they would be contracted for the World Cup project. But they were not given an opportunity to submit a tender.

The primary defendant in the suit is the CARICOM Secretariat, acting through a number of persons, including Dr. Edward Greene, the assistant secretary general of CARICOM…

… read the entire article at The Jamaican Gleaner (link here)

BFP Says To Mr. Weekes “Good Luck, You’ll Need It”

Good Luck suing CARICOM, Mr. Weekes – because the same organisation that stole your technology also appoints the judges and administers the courts.

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14 responses to “Lawsuit Alleges CARICOM Stole Cricket Visa Technology From Bajan Inventor

  1. Justice

    BFP, your statement is not entirely correct. The CARICOM Secretariat does not appoint judges nor does it administer the courts. The suit will first be heard in a local jurisdiction and, if appealed, by that country’s Court of Appeal and, if there should be a further appeal, depending on the jurisdiction, be heard either by the Judicial Committee of Her Majesty’s Privy Council or by the CCJ. Don’t be too cynical about the courts, please, they are, apart from rebellion, our last defence against tyranny.

  2. Rumplestilskin

    I agree with Justice, the record including results of appeals to the Privy Council, of which few have been reversed, show that the Courts here apply the law as it is.

    If you have a problem with specific case law or legislation then push for new legislation.

    I do not see the point of casting aspersions on the Justices in Barbados and the Caribbean, without addressing the real issue i.e. legislation where required.

    This is apart from the issue that the Justices, highly qualified individuals, apparently have to work in extremely backward circumstances which would be a challenge to anyone.

    In summary, critical analysis should be directed appropriately. When it is directed indiscriminately such action reduces credibility and dilutes the whole message.

  3. insider

    “Don’t be too cynical about the courts, please, they are, apart from rebellion, our last defence against tyranny”.

    Lord help us!

  4. BFP

    “Don’t be too cynical about the courts, please, they are, apart from rebellion, our last defence against tyranny”.

    AND THIS is why it was unethical for the current Chief Justice and drinking buddy of the PM to go from government one day to Chief Justice of Barbados the next day. (ok ok … it was a few weeks)

    It was unethical for Simmons to be appointed, and it was unethical for him to accept the appointment.

    If you want to sue CARICOM, you are suing an organization that gets its funding from the same groups who appoint the judges.

    If you want to sue the Government of Barbados, you must go through the Chief Justice.

    Need to go to the Privy Council? hmmmmmm…. Mr. Arthur is a member!

    Say no more!

  5. Justice

    No, I’m afraid you are mistaken again, BFP. Owen is a member of the local Privy Council, so called because Her Majesty is still the Executive Authority of Barbados. The Privy Council we talk about loosely in law matters is The Judicial Committeee of Her Majesty’s Privy Council, comprised of the senior Law Lords of England. You must be legally qualified to sit on this body, and O$A is not!

    I do agree with you that the CJ”s appointment was most untoward; happily, however, he has not behaved improperly to date.

  6. Kathy

    I thought that Barbados parliament had met at the time the Kingsland Estates matter was being heard, and decided that no appeals were going to the Privy Council ever again. The CCJ was supposed to be hearing the appeals from now on. How are cases still going to the Privy Council?

  7. Justice

    Justice Denied, it is the JUDICIAL COMMITTEE of the Privy Council which decides appeals, not the entire Privy Council.

    Kathy, it is not the JCPC that the case will go to ultimately if the action is filed in Barbados, it would be the CCJ. But if the action were filed in Jamaica or T&T, it could go to the Privy Council’s Judicial Committee.

  8. justice denied

    “No, I’m afraid you are mistaken again, BFP. Owen is a member of the local Privy Council, so called because Her Majesty is still the Executive Authority of Barbados. The Privy Council we talk about loosely in law matters is The Judicial Committeee of Her Majesty’s Privy Council, comprised of the senior Law Lords of England. You must be legally qualified to sit on this body, and O$A is not!”

    “Justice Denied, it is the JUDICIAL COMMITTEE of the Privy Council which decides appeals, not the entire Privy Council.”

    Justice, check your facts. http://www.privy-council.org.uk/output/Page76.asp

  9. justice

    Precisely what fact do you want me to check? That Owen may have become a law Lord? On the same website you supply, you should check the info on the Judicial Committee.

  10. John

    Lord have mercy, imagine Owen in a wig!!

    Who knows, it might make him feel important.

  11. justice denied

    justice, I give up.

    You say that “Owen is a member of the local Privy Council, so called because Her Majesty is still the Executive Authority of Barbados”.

    Please give us more info. Thanks.

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