Judge Bans Sales of Software Found to Violate Blackboard'S Patent

Katherine Mangan, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Mar 12, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

So, the judge in the Blackboard Patent case has awarded Blackboard its injunction against Desire2Learn, prohibiting it from making new sales in the United States, but then stayed that order in order to allow D2L to create a workaround. This all (to me) seems to suggest that the judge is buying into the "it's a very narrow invention" interpretation of the patent. Good coverage in the Chronicle article. Desire2Learn has also posted a statement. Michael Feldstein also links to a Chronicle article covering the other edupatent suit highlighted by Alfred Essa (and covered here) a few days ago. Essa also comments on the injunction. BlackBoard has also posted a community letter on the court case and injunction, soft-pedaling the impact. Not so soft-spoken is Barry Dahl, who slams the injunction and BlackBoard's commentary. Finally, as a weird ironic twist, an article outlining B;ackBoard's plans to enter the video surveillance market. Me, I thought their posting of a photo of what resembles a prison work crew was ironic enough.
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