Nigerian company sues OLPC over keyboard design

By on November 28, 2007, 11:22 AM
Adding to the production delays and supply issues that have plagued the OLPC project, Nigerian-owned Lancor has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the non-profit organization for allegedly stealing the company’s design for a multilingual keyboard.

The company claims that Negroponte took two multilingual keyboards from the company and reverse engineered the driver source codes so that they could work on XO notebooks, and made it open source for the entire world to see. Lancor is seeking “substantial damages” as well as a permanent injunction to prevent OLPC from continuing to manufacture, sell, distribute or offer for sale any product using the technology in question in Nigeria.

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phantasm66 said:
The idea of the OLPC is to help some of the world's poorest children, especially in countries like Nigeria.Just another example of how business does nothing but hurt the needy people of this world. They should be partnering up with OLPC to get more of these laptops out to Nigerian kids, not suing OLPC. This seems very greedy and petty.
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