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Nigerian Patent Suit Still Dogs OLPC

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A potential $20 million problem for the group behind the "$100 laptop" isn't going away easily.

Ade Oyegbola, an inventor who claims the One Laptop Per Child nonprofit stole his designs for a Nigerian keyboard, recently won a round in a Lagos court. Now this week, Oyegbola kept the U.S. side of his legal fight alive by pressing his case in federal court.

The dispute began last fall. Nigerian dialects require punctuation marks not found on standard English keyboards, so Lancor developed a keyboard that uses four shift keys to produce the symbols. Oyegbola claims that OLPC bought two of Lancor's keyboards in 2006, then copied the design for its own models intended for sale in Nigeria.

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