Blackboard's Use and Abuse of Standards Bodies

Alfred Essa, The Nose, Feb 22, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Reporting on the Blackboard patent trial, Alfred Essa writes, "Compare the concepts described in the quotes above with a description of Blackboard's 'purported' invention. I think it's obvious that the IMS specification is describing the very thing that Blackboard claims to have invented, namely the notion of multiple user roles and differential access to resources based on those roles." Meanwhile, as the jury deliberates D2L is pressing its 'inequitable conduct' case against Blackboard.
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