An Eye-Witness Account of the Trial

Jim Farmer, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Feb 28, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

people wondering what went wrong in Texas at the Blackboard patent trial will be interested to read this eyewitness account, provided by Jim Farmer. "This was not 'anything goes combat,' but rather two businesses that had a different perspectives of U.S. patent law and it applicability to their business." It probably could not have been anything otherwise in this case, where the judge warned lawyers that "those attorneys (who are 'nasty') lose more trials than those who were more respectful of witnesses."If you were interested in the trial you will want to read this. And note well: "Blackboard's SEC Form 10K filing revealed Blackboard capitalized $6.1 million of the costs of enforcing their patent only through December 31, 2007; the trial expenses could exceed $10 million."
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