Royalty and Legal Royale!

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You are correct, pictured here is IFE’s Geoff Underwood (Inflight Peripherals) at a reception meeting HRH Elizabeth II after receiving the Queen’s Award for achievement in export or innovation. In Geoff’s words, “It doesn’t matter how big or small the company is… I guess it would be the same as a “Presidents Award” in the USA.  It’s the highest award that a company can get in the UK, and only a handful get it each year, so its pretty cool for our little company to receive this coveted award.” Right you are Mr. Underwood and we note that it took almost a year to get the humble UK business owner to tell us more. His words probably describe the scene best: “Ours was for export (international trade) because most of our products ship to the USA, and for the fact that we have gained business with world leading organizations (you know who they are). Once you have the Award, you can use the logo on your headed notepaper, and stuff like that, and you can generally use the status of the Award to “big up” your business.  Obviously, it’s not that well known in the USA, but in the UK and in Europe it’s well respected. I like to think that this has been achieved by producing good products, but also by gaining the trust of our customers through providing what we say we’re going to provide.  Our delivery record is excellent. We turn around new designs quickly, and the quality and reliability of our products is way up there too.”  

Geoff went on, “So, we got told about the award in April.  Then we were invited to meet HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace. The coolest bit was being able to drive our car through the front gates in front of the Palace – They are the one’s you see in all the movies where tourists stand. Claire and I laughed our socks off when foreign tourists were taking photos of us… just in case we might be royalty!!!!  You’ll have to call her Princess Claire from now on! Inside, there’s a reception where you stand around talking with other Award winners. Then you queue up and get introduced to HM The Queen. Shake hands, bow, and then move on. Later in the year was the presentation of the actual Award. This is a beautiful cut glass bowl, and it was presented at our factory on the Isle of Wight by HM The Queen’s representative The Lord Lieutenant (pronounced Leftenant here in jolly old England). We invited loads of suppliers and customers, and had a great day, which included a tour of the Island on an open top bus!” Jolly good on you, Geoff! 

On another front, check out link on the AirCell/Delta vs. Ambit lawsuit:
http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/delta/stories/2009/02/18/aircell_delta_lawsuit_wifi.html. It seems a Brit with an international patent claims infringement, but we have never heard of the guy(s). Obviously, no comment from all involved but you might Google the title of the patent for more info… or check out this link: http://www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/wo.jsp?IA=GB2007001278&wo=2007116209&DISPLAY=STATUS

You other IFE vendors who are dabbling in connectivity (you know who you are) might want to pay particular attention to this one:�
Lastly, we have been getting emails about a forthcoming legal battle between Digecor and E-Digital on the bench this week. Stay Tuned, it’s never dull here!

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