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OLPC Sued Over Keyboard Design

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A Nigerian entrepreneur based in Natick says the One Laptop Per Child Foundation, of Cambridge, stole his company’s design for a multilingual keyboard.

Ade Oyegbola, founder and CEO of Lagos Analysis Corp., or Lancor, has sued the foundation in Nigeria, where the company’s keyboard is patented.

Oyegbola said he also plans to sue in US courts.

‘‘They can either do the right thing, sit down like they sat down with other companies and negotiate a royalty,’’ said Oyegbola, ‘‘or they can just stop.’’

Robert Fadel, the foundation’s director of operations, said in a written statement that he would not comment.

‘‘OLPC has not seen any legal papers related to the alleged suit as of this time,’’ Fadel said. ‘‘OLPC has the utmost respect for the rights of intellectual property owners. To OLPC’s knowledge, all of the intellectual property used in the XO Laptop is either owned by OLPC or properly licensed.’’

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No panic.

That's a class thing called 'junk patent'. It won't harm anything. Just another reason to mock the patent system.

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