Digital badging for facilitating virtual recognition of an achievement 

John Arlan Brock, Sept 08, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Audrey Watters points to this patent granted to SalesForce for digital badges, or more specifically "a computer-implemented method of facilitating virtual recognition of an achievement implemented in a database system communicatively coupled with a social networking system." It has a priority date of 2014 (in other words, well after digital badges were invented). It also refers to users using Netscape's Navigator browser, so there's a bit of cookie-cutter language in there. I don't really have much use for the patent system in our field; it's basically a way for people with enough money to file patents to claim ownership of stuff other people have invented. But hey, my hat's off to John Arlan Brock, the "inventor" of digital badging for facilitating virtual recognition of an achievement.

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