Tatler: The Blackboard Patent and Blackboard's Big Idea
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 17 Feb 2008 01:24
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
Now that the Blackboard Patent Court Case has begun, let's recap the main issues. Blackboard sued Desire2Learn for patent infringement. What is the patent claim and what is at stake? First, let's recall that for software patents the invention is an "idea". In order to be granted a software patent you don't have to write code or produce any tangible expression of your purported "invention." You can stake a claim merely by having an idea and submitting its description to the patent office. Software patents then are fundamentally different from software copyright. Copyright is always attached to an embodiment whereas software patents are entirely ethereal.
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