SOURCE: Lagos Analysis Corporation
November 27, 2007 10:15 ET
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
BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - November 27, 2007) - 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.
The patent infringement lawsuit was filed on November 22nd, 2007 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.
LANCOR is a pioneer in 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. (http://www.konyin.com)
LANCOR has retained the law firm of Adedeji & Owotomo a Lagos,
Nigeria-based law firm that specializes in intellectual property
litigation. Both LANCOR and its legal counsel are extremely confident that
LANCOR's case will be successful.
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."
"LANCOR treats its intellectual property as one of the Company's most
important resources," said Adé G. Oyegbola, chief executive officer of
LANCOR. "This patent infringement lawsuit is another step in LANCOR's
continued protection of its intellectual property. LANCOR will continue to
take aggressive steps to protect its intellectual property around the
world. LANCOR is also in the process of filing a similar lawsuit against
OLPC in a United States Federal Court," Oyegbola, added.
About Lagos Analysis Corporation
LANCOR is a dynamic technology solutions provider using process
reengineering for designs and development of both hardware and software
products for end-users. LANCOR, incorporated in Massachusetts in 1994, is a
privately held company headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts and can be
found on the internet at www.lancorltd.com