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Update: OLPC Patent Threat Analyzed

Dec 03, 2007, 16:45 (3 Talkback[s])

The Boston Globe: One Laptop Per Child Orders Surge

"Despite slower-than-expected sales and tough competition from commercial rivals, the One Laptop Per Child Foundation of Cambridge is enjoying a surge of new orders.

"Nicholas Negroponte, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who set up the foundation to provide low-cost laptops to poor schoolchildren around the globe, said in an interview yesterday that the government of Peru has signed a contract to purchase 260,000 of the $188 machines. 'It was notarized five minutes ago,' he said, adding that the Peruvian order will make it easier for the foundation to sign up more countries to the program. 'It's momentum...'"

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Groklaw: The Nigerian OLPC Dispute--How Does It Look?

"I thought you might like to see the Lagos Analysis Corp.'s keyboard 'patent' allegedly infringed by OLPC. It turns out it's not a patent in the usual sense. It's a design registration. Why does that matter? Because what is registered is the way it *looks*, not the way it *works*. Obviously, that has implications for searching for prior art. I don't know anything about Nigerian patent law, but here's how the USPTO FAQ explains the difference between a utility patent and a design patent in the US system...

"So, if looks are what count, would you like to see how it looks? I have the certificate of registration from Nigeria..."

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Groklaw: LANCOR's Adé Oyegbola Answers Groklaw's Questions About OLPC

"Adé Oyegbola, CEO of LANCOR, the company that says it is suing OLPC, was gracious enough to answer some of the questions I sent to the company and to the attorney representing it in the threatened litigation. I'll present the questions and answers, along with some photographs he sent as attachments, as he presents at least an outline of his case..."

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