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Monday, April 10, 2017

Etisalat dismisses alleged copyright infringement by V-Exchange

Etisalat Nigeria has dismissed the claims of patent infringement by V-Exchange Limited, saying the allegation was baseless and unfounded, reports ITRealms.

The management of V-Exchange, ITRealms gathered, had claimed that it sent a business proposal dated 27th October, 2016 to Etisalat and subsequently met with Etisalat’s representatives on 23rd, November 2016, where it informed Etisalat of some of its products with a view to partnering with Etisalat and launching the products on Etisalat’s platform, but that Etisalat proceeded to unilaterally launch the products as ‘KwikCash’ without V-Exchange’s authorization. V-Exchange demanded for over N2billion from Etisalat as compensation.

Reacting to the allegation, Head, Environment Compliance and Public Relations, Etisalat Nigeria, Oluseyi Osunsedo, rejected the allegation by V-Exchange Ltd insisting that it is baseless and unfounded, while affirming Etisalat’s commitment to strict adherence to existing laws, industry regulations and best practice.

Osunsedo explained that KwikCash loan service, the product which according to V-Exchange was allegedly copied by Etisalat from its proposal, is owned and operated by a licensed financial institution, which was granted NCC approval to run the service on Etisalat’s network.

“The NCC approval was dated 20th April 2016, while the pilot launch of KwikCash service held on 18th July 2016,” she said.

Etisalat spokesperson equally questioned how the product could have been copied from V-Exchange when KwikCash service was already in existence and operational long before 27th October, 2016 when V-Exchange sent its proposal to Etisalat.

In view of the above, Etisalat Nigeria, she said, urged the general public to disregard the claim by V-Exchange Ltd as the allegation is frivolous and lacking any merit.

“In keeping with our vision of being an enabler, we re-affirm that Etisalat is a law abiding and responsible corporate organization and we remain committed to delighting our customers and stakeholders with innovative products and superior customer experience”, Osunsedo asserted.

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