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U.S. Courts: Shell in deepwater, accused of more IP theft

U.S. Courts: Shell in deepwater, accused of more IP theft

By John Donovan

12 August 2008

Trawling the Internet seeking information about Court cases involving Shell, we stumbled across details of current litigation in the U.S. Courts against Shell International for alleged theft of Intellectual Property.

I personally know of several High Court Actions successfully brought against Shell on the same grounds, all by me. All resulted in media coverage.

Is Shell not concerned that it must be losing out from parties no longer willing to disclose ideas to the group because of its reputation as a serial poacher and predator of Intellectual Property? read more

NBC President, Myron ‘Mike’ Weinblatt

By John Donovan

BUSINESS PARTNERS OF DON MARKETING

I had a meeting in  1979 with NBC Entertainment President, Myron “Mike” Weinblatt (left). My colleague Don Redhead and I made a presentation to the full board of NBC at the Rockefeller Centre in New York. Also present; Irwin S. Segelstein (President NBC Television) and W Watts Biggers (Buck Biggers – shown right) NBC VP Advertising & Promotions.

Following negotiations in New York and London with NBC Senior Vice President Steve Sohmer, I subsequently signed an agreement for a joint NBC/Don Marketing project with Ray Timothy, President of NBC Television. Lars H Lenck, President of Don Marketing USA, a former Chevron executive, was also involved in the negotiations with NBC. We also had dealings with Stephen F Stander, a senior NBC lawyer.  read more

Shell Abysmal Track Record In Legal Proceedings with Alfred and John Donovan

Royal Dutch Shell Abysmal Track Record In Legal Proceedings with Alfred and John Donovan

Saturday 13 August 2005: 13.15 ET: (Updated 13 August 2012)

By John Donovan

The following is an accurate list of the various proceedings between Shell and the owners of ShellNews.net, Alfred Donovan and John Donovan, commencing just over a decade ago, with the most recent proceedings being decided on a unanimous verdict against Shell International Petroleum Company Limited on 8 August 2005.

1. High Court proceedings brought against Shell in respect of “Shell Make Money” promotion, alleging breach of confidence and breach of contract: Outcome: Settled out of court by Shell for £60,000 ($108,000 US approx) read more

The week in which a watchdog came under a heavy Shelling

Daily Telegraph: The week in which a watchdog came under a heavy Shelling

“Sir Philip Watts is hardly going to enjoy being linked with Robert Maxwell but he probably owes the fat fraudster rather more than he realises.”

City comment

Edited by Neil Collins, City Editor

(Filed: 17/09/2004)

Sir Philip Watts is hardly going to enjoy being linked with Robert Maxwell but he probably owes the fat fraudster rather more than he realises. It was Maxwell, twisting in front of the Department of Trade, who forced the concession that he should be allowed prior sight of the findings of the bits of any inquiry that related to him.

Since then, some sort of “Maxwell clause” has been inserted into most relevant bits of legislation, including the Financial Services and Markets Act, under which the FSA operates. Sir Philip has managed to keep quiet while he watched his lifetime’s work and reputation being put through the shredder, but the devastating report into Shell’s downgrade of its reserves was the last straw. read more

Sunday Telegraph: Shell bosses ‘must remain liable for recent blunders’

Sunday Telegraph: Shell bosses ‘must remain liable for recent blunders’

By Sylvia Pfeifer (Filed: 20/06/2004)

Leading shareholders in Royal Dutch, the Netherlands-based arm of Royal Dutch/Shell, are insisting that its directors remain legally liable for the series of blunders that have plunged the oil giant into crisis over the past year.

In an unusual move, shareholders say they will refuse to absolve directors of their responsibilities for the past year at the annual meeting on June 28. In accordance with Dutch law, shareholders will be asked to vote on a resolution to “discharge” the managing directors and members of the supervisory board of “responsibility” in respect of their management and supervision. read more

Forecourt Trader: Shell action abandoned

Forecourt Trader: Shell action abandoned

August 1999

The long-running and acrimonious dispute between Shell UK and sales promotion agency Don Marketing has ended following a statement released by both parties last month. The dispute centred on Don Marketing’s claim that Shell stole its idea for the Smart loyalty scheme. John Donovan, managing director of Don Marketing, took legal action against Shell claiming breach of contract and misuse of confidential information. Shell counter-sued him for breach of confidentiality.

Mr Donovan claims that between 1989 and 1992 he had a series of meetings with Shell where he outlined plans for a card-based, multibrand loyalty scheme. Two years after Mr Donovan’s last meeting with Shell where he was apparently assured of involvement if the scheme went ahead, Shell launched a trial of its Smart card without him. read more

Shell has settled out of court with John Donovan…

Shell has settled out of court with John Donovan…

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Bury Free Press: Shell claim is settled

Shell claim is settled: Bury Free Press 9 July 1999

BURY FREE PRESS

Friday, July 9, 1999

Shell claim is settled

A DAVID and Goliath battle between a Bury St Edmunds businessman and oil giant Shell has ended in stalemate after both sides agreed an out-of-court settlement.

John Donovan, 52, was suing Shell claiming the company stole his ideas and turned them into its successful Smart Card loyalty scheme.

Shell denied the allegation and made a counter claim against Mr Donovan, alleging his company, Don Marketing, breached a confidentiality agreement. read more

East Anglian Daily Times: Stalemate for marketing firm’s ‘stolen’ idea claim

Stalemate for marketing firm’s ‘stolen’ idea claim: East Anglian Daily Times 7 July 1999

East Anglian Daily Times

Wednesday, July 7, 1999

Stalemate for marketing firm’s ‘stolen’ idea claim

STALEMATE

John Donovan, from Bradfield Combust, sued Shell over a promotion he said was his idea. But yesterday his claim, and the firm’s counter suit, were dropped

Photograph: ANDY ABBOTT

A DAVID and Goliath court battle between oil giant Shell and a promotions expert who claimed they “pinched” his idea and turned it into a highly successful Smart Loyal Scheme has ended in stalemate. read more

Incentive Today: Don and Shell end Smart row

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 Incentive Today: Don and Shell end Smart row

July-August 1999

After a bitter six year legal battle with Shell UK John Donovan has abandoned his claim against Shell UK. Donovan alleged that Shell stole his ideas for the Shell Smart loyalty scheme and initiated court proceedings in 1993.

Both parties issued a joint statement saying, “John Donovan has abandoned his claim against Shell in relation to the Shell’s Smart loyalty scheme. He has acknowledged that these claims are without foundation and should not have been brought. read more

SHELL IN HIGH COURT SUIT OVER SMARTCARD SCHEME

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DEBRIEF: SHELL IN HIGH COURT SUIT OVER SMARTCARD SCHEME

July 1999

SUFFOLK-BASED promotions agency Don Marketing faced multinational giant Shell UK in the High Court to argue its case of alleged breach of contract and misuse of confidential commercial information.

The dispute centres on Shell’s Smart multi-brand loyalty card, now operational in the UK and eight other countries. This, claims Don’s managing director John Donovan, is based on proposals he first put to Shell in 1989 – an allegation denied by Shell, which insists that Smart’s genesis was an inhouse project codenamed Onyx which began in autumn 1991. read more

BURY FREE PRESS: INTO BATTLE WITH SHELL

Man sues oil giant over 'his idea'

Incentive Today Magazine: Shell loyalty row continues

The latest bizarre development in the case is an intervention in the form of a letter from the wife of Mark Moody-Stuart, the head of Shell International.

Marketing Week: Judge Shell by actions not words

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Marketing Week: Judge Shell by actions not words

25 February 1999

I read with interest your editorial about the ethical dilemmas facing multinationals and the reference in particular to Shell’s recent public relations disasters. You say that “Shell has apparently learned its lesson”. I beg to differ.

My claim against Shell UK in respect of the Smart loyalty scheme is set down for a three week High Court trial in June.

I invite Marketing Week to attend the trial. You will then be able to make an informed assessment of Shell’s ethical conduct after sensational evidence is put into the public domain. read more

London Evening Standard: On cyberpicket lines: DON’T GET MAD GET EVEN

Evening Standard

28 September 1998

On cyberpicket lines

IN THE NET

DON’T GET MAD GET EVEN

WE’VE got Internet banking, Internet sex, Internet hype (aplenty). Now say hello to cyberpicketing, the most fashionable way for little people to get their own back.

Hacking for Girlies recently sabotaged the New York Times website, replacing the usual sober journalism with a rant in support of imprisoned hacker Kevin Mitnick.

At BP, for instance, they were surprised to discover a new website, www.britishpetroleum.co.uk. that was eerily close tn appearance to their corporate home page,www.bp.com. However, all the site’s links led to information about one Mr Bunt, and how his car had been damaged in the carwash of a BP (franchise) garage. read more

LEAFLETS BEING HANDED TO STAFF OUTSIDE SHELL CENTRE

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 22.41.06LEAFLETS BEING HANDED TO STAFF OUTSIDE SHELL CENTRE 

YOU MAY BE HANDED A LEAFLET OUTSIDE SHELL CENTRE BY MR ALFRED DONOVAN, FORMALLY OF A COMPANY CALLED DON MARKETING UK LIMITED. 

YOU SHOULD BE AWARE THAT JOHN DONOVAN, A DIRECTOR OF DON MARKETING UK LIMITED, MR ALFRED DONOVAN’S SON, HAS ISSUED A WRIT AGAINST SHELL UK CLAIMING THAT HIS COMPANY INVENTED THE SMART LOYALTY CARD PROGRAMME. 

MR DONOVAN’S ALLEGATIONS HAVE BEEN VERY CAREFULLY INVESTIGATED BY SHELL UK AND DISCUSSED IN DETAIL WITH MR DONOVAN AND HIS SOLICITORS. THE CLAIM IS BEING VIGOROUSLY DEFENDED.  read more

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