Is Prometheus a Big Problem for Blackboard?

Michael Feldstein, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Aug 11, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Michael Feldstein asks, is Promethius a big problem for Blackboard? "Almost none of the prior art listed in the Wikipedia entry was in BlackboardâxTMs patent filing. ItâxTMs remarkable, really, since they are legally obligated to list any potential prior art of which they are aware at the time of filing."

Feldstein suggests that the flurry of anti-Blackboard patent posts will slow down, which is not surprising. This will be a slow business. It may or may not require, as Barry Dahl suggests, an overhaul of the patent system. Even then, I wonder whether justice in this or similar cases is merely purchased by the highest bidder, or whether sanity and fair play will prevail. I am sceptical.

Anyhow, Scott Leslie brings us the Canadian version of the patent, with the same ridiculous language, via Barry Dahl. I wonder what ti would take for me to patent some of the stuff I'm doing. Oh yeah. Money.
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