LANCOR sued the OLPC – then what

Lagos Analysis Corp. (LANCOR) Files Lawsuit Against Nicholas Negroponte and OLPC Association for Patent Infringement. Negroponte’s OLPC Accused of Unauthorized Use of LANCOR’s Multilingual Keyboard Technology Invention in XO Laptops.

So if I could understand the whole issue, OLPC purchased some demo-keyboards, re-engineered them and used it for their purpose without a license, and some money rolling into some people’s purse.

Lagos Analysis Corporation, a United States-based Nigerian-owned company with a subsidiary called LANCOR Management Limited, in Nigeria (LANCOR) announces today that it 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.

LANCOR‘s lawsuit alleges that OLPC purchased two KONYIN Multilingual Keyboard models (KONYIN Nigeria Multilingual Keyboard and KONYIN United States Multilingual Keyboard) with the express purpose of illegally reverse engineering 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.”

Full story here

FYI: KONYIN Keyboards are the keyboards with the NG sign. KONYIN Multilingual Keyboards creates a dual-shift key that enable users to, without using Alt+ number codes, type in multiple languages. CLick picture below

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I was just thinking: what if the OLPC idea didn’t work, eventhough they bought the keyboards, just in case they didn’t perfect their art, would LANCOR still have sued. And whats wrong with a little ingenuinty on the part of the OLPC and their tech partners.

As much as I condemn piracy, if we assume that the accusation is 100% true, that the OLPC

 ….purchased two KONYIN Multilingual Keyboard models (KONYIN Nigeria Multilingual Keyboard and KONYIN United States Multilingual Keyboard) with the express purpose of illegally reverse engineering the source codes for use in OLPC’s XO Laptops

then at least the OLPC should have been given some credit for “reverse engineering the source codes” for another application, since definitely ‘reverse engineering’ is a valid profession….. What goes around can come around.

The question is:
– did the OLPC add anything new to their reverse-engineering of the KONYIN keyboards?

If Yes, then they can file a patent of their own.

If No, then thats plain and simple – Nigerian Mentality

here are some interesting discussions online about this piece of news:

Nigerian Company Sues OLPC

OLPC sued by Nigerians for patent infringement

The problem is actually that a lot of ‘engineers’ are not given due credit for ‘reverse engineering’ so many things in the Computer Village at Ikeja, Lagos.

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