Tatler: Blackboard Patent Goes to Trial
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 02 Feb 2008 00:40
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
Blackboard sued Desire2Learn for patent infringement on July 26, 2006. The patent consists of 44 claims. The court rendered invalid claims 1-35, therefore, at issue in the trial are claims 36-44. [...] By all accounts Blackboard's patent is a stupid one and never should have been issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The litigation cost (est. $4M - $8M) is a drop in the bucket for Blackboard. But it means a terrible bleed for Desire2Learn. Regardless of the outcome of the case, students at our institutions have already lost.
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