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Argentina: Inventor of football ‘vanishing foam’ suing FIFA for $100 million

The Inventor of football vanishing spray ‘9-15’ Pablo Silva, said that FIFA has been using a product they “had not paid for it” during an interview in Mar de Plata on Friday.

“The aerosol 9-15 is the only one approved by the International Board” says Silva referring to an invention himself and his partner Heine Allemagne have been working on since 2000.

He says that FIFA has tried to break a deal with them and buy the use rights for $500,000 (€410,000), an amount they find inadequate over a highly demanded patented invention.

“First, we patented the formula and the second time, we patented the scope of it, it means that we protected the use and scope of it,” he added.

A court in Rio de Janeiro has ruled in favour of Silva and Allemagne recognising that FIFA is not entitled to use the spray. “Russia is included within that measure and therefore FIFA will not be able to use aerosol 9-15 or any type of aerosol during the World Cup unless the judicial process ends,” Silva explained.

Silva and Allemagne demand $100 million (€82 million) from FIFA for compensation and damages.

SOT, Pablo Silva, Inventor of 9-15 foam spray (Spanish): “First, we patented the formula and the second time, we patented the scope of it, it means that we protected the use and scope of it, which means a substance to delimit sports spaces that are determined the amount of time, that does not harm the ozone layer, the health of the players and the footwear of the players does not damage the grass.”

SOT, Pablo Silva, Inventor of 9-15 foam spray (Spanish): “There are too many ‘pirate’ samples of aerosols all over the world that do not have patents or licenses and that FIFA is protecting and making them play. This has made the demand even bigger because the only ones we have WIPO are us, and not all of these that are proliferating.”

SOT, Pablo Silva, Inventor of 9-15 foam spray (Spanish): “The aerosol 9-15 is the only one approved by the International Board that is the organisation that regulates the modifications in the rules of the game and the breach of all that covenant that had been carried out by President Joseph Blatter and Mr. Julio Grondona, was not fulfilled after the 2014 World Cup.”

SOT, Pablo Silva, Inventor of 9-15 foam spray (Spanish): “FIFA made use of a process that was very expensive and required a lot of work and sacrifice, and [FIFA] has not paid for it.”

SOT, Pablo Silva, Inventor of 9-15 foam spray (Spanish): “FIFA has proposed to us through an email, which we have a copy of and that we have already made public, to buy the entire product system for only $500,000 to keep them with the business.”

SOT, Pablo Silva, Inventor of 9-15 foam spray (Spanish): “The spray, according to the dictates of the justice, what we refer to, is that it won’t be able to be used not only in Russia but in none of the 44 places where the judge has ratified the validity of our patent. Russia is included within that measure and therefore FIFA will not be able to use aerosol 9-15 or any type of aerosol during the World Cup unless the judicial process ends.”

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