Yet another case of intellectual property rights violation in Qatar
French lighting designer, Yann Kersalé, who was responsible for the lighting concept behind the Burj Qatar in West Bay has claimed that he has not been paid his dues for his work on the tower. He mentioned that the design he conceptualised was taken and poorly realised on the Burj building.
The lighting design that Kersalé has claims over was implemented on Burj Qatar by German lighting design firm Insta that was hired by the management of the building, according to Arabian Business.
No contract was signed between Kersalé, who has worked with the building’s architect Jean Nouvel on this building as well as on other projects, and Insta for this purpose.
Does this ring any bells about a previous similar claim made by a certain other international company and the lighting design around Qatar?
Previously, Beth Galí from Spanish industrial design firm Santa & Cole, was invited to present her design for the ‘Latina’ lights in 2005 before the Doha Asian Games 2006. Ashghal, Qatar’s Public Works Authority allegedly reproduced her design at a more affordable cost and turned it into the lights that currently line either side of the 10-kilometre long Al Waab Street.
What does this tell us about the state of intellectual property rights in Qatar?