By Abdulwahab Abdulah
A Federal High court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, is expected to deliver judgement, December 2, in a suit instituted against Mobil Producing Nigeria, concerning alleged infringement on royalty rights of a businessman, Professor Clement Uweme-dimo.
The judgement of the court is expected to end the over eight years controversy trailing the royalty rights on the invention of anti-corrosive special paints by the plaintiff.
Professor Uwemedimo had been in a long legal battle with the oil marketer since 2000 over alleged non-remittance of royalties said to be due him from the invention of anti-corrosive special paints.
The invention, according to the motion filed by Prof. Uwemedimo, who is also an agronomist and a chemical scientist, is the first all over the world.
Uwemedimo had noted that the anti-corrosive special paints is now being used by all multinational oil, aeronautic & oil servicing companies across the globe, especially in Nigeria.
â€œThis suffices to say that without this anti-corrosive special paints, there would be no successful off-shore and on-shore oil drilling in Nigeria and anywhere in the world,â€ he emphasised.
Mobil has also defended the case in court, maintaining that they were not guilty of any contractual negligence culminating in the suit.