Blackboard, Desire2Learn Announce Patent Cross License Agreement and Settlement of Litigation

Statement, Desire2Learn, Dec 15, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Huge news: Blackboard and D2L cross-license patents and settle litigation. "We are pleased to have resolved our differences with Desire2Learn," said Michael Chasen, President and CEO of Blackboard. "Bringing this matter to resolution is in the best interests of both of our organizations, our respective clients and the broader education community." And: "We're pleased to enter this agreement, and believe it is in the best interests of the educational community," said John Baker, President and CEO of Desire2Learn. "We will continue to focus our attention on our clients, as well as the development of our products and services." Additional details of the settlement were not disclosed.
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