Roy Schestowitz wrote:
Karen Hill on Wednesday:
Nicholas Negroponte and the OLPC association have been sued
for patent infringement. The US based Nigerian company
claims that the OLPC association violates its patents on
Hold on a second.
Nigerian Patent Infringement Lawsuit: Scam or Shame?
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After reading that story I went to look for the Nigerian
Patent Office's website, unfortunately according to the WIPO
(World Intellectual Property Organization) directory there's
no such thing. Probing further I found that the Nigerian
Industrial Property Offices use a @yahoo.com e-mail address.
That was the point where I stopped my search for an
online-version of Patent # RD8489 even though I would really
liked to take a look at it!
I found this quote of interest:
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)
How can anyone violate a patent on standard style key click
additional keys, used in a shift arrangement? So what if they
produce additional key codes by being used in a shift
arrangement? IMHO, there is nothing innovative about that.
Original concept on patents were to protect one's work - and I
mean "WORK", i.e., labour, time and costs expended, research, on
something that was a REAL and uniquely innovative invention.
Nowadays they would even patent CTRL-ALT-DEL. Perhaps I should
file for a "H-P-T" key code patent. :-)
This is maddening.