AGC takes legal action against doctor over claims

AGC takes legal action against doctor over claims
Dr Ting Choon Meng (left), an adjunct professor at Nanyang Technological University, and Dr Mak Koon Hou, a cardiologist, walking out of the Supreme court. They sued the Government for patent infringement, claiming Mindef had copied its concept of a mobile emergency medical station and have dropped their claim, citing financial difficulties.

The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) has taken legal action against a doctor for his refusal to drop his claims that the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) copied his patented concept for an emergency mobile clinic.

Sociopolitical blog The Online Citizen (TOC) has also been taken to task for refusing to take down the statements made by Dr Ting Choon Meng, co-founder of medical device firm MobileStats Technologies, on its website last month.

An AGC spokesman confirmed that summonses were served on both parties yesterday. A pre-trial conference has been set for March 5.

The legal spat started last month when Dr Ting made the allegations in a TOC report.

The AGC asked for the allegations to cease or it would apply for a court order under the Protection from Harassment Act.

In response, lawyers for the doctor and TOC argued that Mindef does not qualify as a victim of harassment.

Dr Ting, speaking through his lawyer Choo Zheng Xi, said: "Mindef is fully entitled to (tell) and has told its side of the story on numerous platforms. Relying on the Protection from Harassment Act is overkill."


This article was first published on February 13, 2015.
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