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Think Twice Before Disclosing An Idea To Shell

By John Donovan

I see that Shell is still energetically trawling for other people’s ideas, this time in India and Singapore.

Shell has used a number of elaborate schemes under different names – GameChanger, Ideas360 etc – in an attempt to entice innovators into disclosing their ideas.

The latest vehicles are Shell #makethefuture Accelerator India 2017 and Make the Future Singapore.

All very well, providing Shell does not steal the ideas caught in their country wide nets.

That might seem a preposterous and libellous suggestion, but from my perspective, it is a genuine concern.

I was forced to sue Shell repeatedly for theft of ideas I had disclosed in strictest confidence. Four successive High Court cases, all eventually settled out of court, but only after Shell had engaged in despicable tactics, including undercover activity.

Shell chose to stand by the Shell executive in question, a serial poacher of other parties intellectual property. I was not his only victim.

Shell’s support, including from then Shell Managing Director Malcolm Brinded, the Shell boss currently implicated in the Nigerian OPL 245 corruption scandal, was given to the executive in question despite Shell’s claimed business principles. Ethics, integrity and all the other worthless pledges.

Hence my concern and warning to anyone contemplating trusting Royal Dutch Shell with confidential information, including ideas.

For more information read:

ARTICLE: Shell in the US courts again for alleged theft of trade secrets: 20 June 2014

ARTICLE: Twister B.V. by name, Twister by nature?: 09 August 2014

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