"Blackboard has been called overly aggressive in asserting its patent rights. How do you continue to deal with that? This is core to our technology, core to what we do, and we showed in court that [a competitor was] infringing on that patent that we had filed and proudly won. We work in the academic community, so I can understand that some may have different views of the role of the patent office and the importance of patents and trademarks. Blackboard uses third-party software that we license from other people. We pay rights and royalties for that software, and we expect other companies that utilize our technology patents to do the same."