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Lancor sues OLPC for patent infringement

Posted: 04 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent infringement? keyboard driver? OLPC laptop?

Lagos Analysis Corp. subsidiary Lancor Management Ltd has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the Federal High Court, Lagos Judicial Division holding at Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria against Nicholas Negroponte, One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPC) and its enablers in Nigeria.

The suit , filed on Nov. 22 alleges OLPC of willful infringement of Lancor's Nigeria Registered Design Patent # RD8489 and illegal reverse engineering of its keyboard driver source codes for use in the XO Laptops.

Lancor is seeking substantial damages as well as a permanent injunction to prevent OLPC from continuing to unlawfully manufacture, sell, distribute or offer for sale the XO Laptop, and any other products infringing on the RD8489 and using the illegally acquired keyboard driver source codes.

The company is a pioneer in the development of advanced physical multilingual keyboard technology using four shift keys and characters with combining properties to allow for direct access typing of accents, symbols and diacritical marks during regular typing. Lancor's technology, named Shift2 keyboard, has been used to create a new class of region specific based keyboards called KONYIN Multilingual Keyboards, which are currently on sale globally.

The lawsuit claims that OLPC purchased two KONYIN Multilingual Keyboard models (KONYIN Nigeria Multilingual Keyboard and KONYIN United States Multilingual Keyboard) to illegally reverse engineer the source codes for use in OLPC's XO Laptops. "The willful infringement of our client's intellectual property is so blatant and self-evident in the OLPC's XO Laptops," said Solicitor Ade Adedeji, "we will have no problem establishing the facts of our client's case against OLPC in any court of law."

"This patent infringement lawsuit is another step in Lancor's continued protection of its intellectual property," said Ad Oyegbola, CEO of Lancor. "Lancor will continue to take aggressive steps to protect its intellectual property around the world. Lancor is also in the process of filing a similar lawsuit against OLPC in a United States Federal Court."




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