p2pnet news | Freedom:- A Nigerian company based in the US has filed patent infringement complaint against Nicholas Negroponte (right), One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPC) and its “enablers in Nigeria”.
Lagos Analysis, with a subsidiary called LANCOR Management, says it filed the lawsuit in the Federal High Court, Lagos Judicial Division holding at Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria, “as a result of OLPC’s 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,” says a statement.
The company says it pioneered 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 technology has been used to create a new class of region specific based keyboards called KONYIN Multilingual Keyboards, which are currently on sale globally,” it states.
The lawsuit claims OLPC bought two KONYIN Multilingual Keyboard models, “with the express purpose of illegally reverse engineering the source codes for use in OLPC’s XO Laptops”.
‘Change equals risk’
To add to OLPC’s troubles, “A lack of ‘big thinking’ by politicians has stifled a scheme to distribute laptops to children in the developing world,” the BBC has OLPC spokesman Walter Bender saying.
Politicians are unwilling to commit because “change equals risk,” he says, according to the story, which goes on:
“In an interview with the BBC, Nigeria’s education minister questioned the need for laptops in poorly equipped schools.
Dr Igwe Aja-Nwachuku said: ‘What is the sense of introducing One Laptop per Child when they don’t have seats to sit down and learn; when they don’t have uniforms to go to school in, where they don’t have facilities? We are more interested in laying a very solid foundation for quality education which will be efficient, effective, accessible and affordable.”
The previous government of Nigeria had committed to buying one million laptops.
World leaders and corporate benefactors, “jumped in to support the nonprofit project” but, “nearly three years later, only about 2,000 students in pilot programs have received computers from the One Laptop project,” says the Wall Street Journal, going on:
“An order from Uruguay for 100,000 machines appears to be the only solid deal to date with a country, although Mr. Negroponte says he’s on the verge of sealing an order from Peru for 250,000. The first mass-production run, which began this month in China, is for 300,000 laptops, tens of thousands of which are slated to go to U.S. consumers. Mr. Negroponte’s goal of 150 million users by the end of 2008 looks unattainable.
“Mr. Negroponte’s ambitious plan has been derailed, in part, by the power of his idea. For-profit companies threatened by the projected $100 price tag set off at a sprint to develop their own dirt-cheap machines, plunging Mr. Negroponte into unexpected competition against well-known brands such as Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system.”
Intel’s agreement with the OLPC Foundation included a ‘non disparagement’ clause, under which Intel and One Laptop promised not to criticize each other, according to Nicholas Negroponte in the latest article in the Wall Street Journal.
Still Intel tactics have violated that repeatedly to kill OLPC efforts in Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan, India, China and Intel is also still trying to pull those tactics in Mexico, Brazil.
This is simply disgracefull of Intel, scandalous.
statement – Lagos Analysis Corp. (LANCOR) Files Lawsuit, November 27, 2007
BBC – Politics ‘stifling $100 laptop’, November 27, 2007
Wall Street Journal – A Little Laptop With Big Ambitions, November 24, 2007
Charfax – Intel: doing the dirty on OLPC, November 26, 2007
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