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Desire2Learn Wins Patent Battle in the U.S.

Waterloo-based Desire2Learn has succeeded in getting a preliminary rejection of all 57 claims in a software patent that Blackboard used to sue it for infringement.  I wrote about the original case here.

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April 21, 2009 4 comments News

USPTO Rejects Blackboard’s E-Learning Patents

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a preliminary decision that rejects all 44 claims Blackboard Inc. made regarding the controversial patent it was granted for an online-learning system.  The case could have major ramifications for the ongoing lawsuit between Blackboard and Canadian-based Desire2Learn.

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March 31, 2008 Comments are Disabled News

Desire2Learn Loses Patent Case in Texas

Last year, I wrote about a patent lawsuit launched by Blackboard against Waterloo-based Desire2Learn.  On Friday, a jury in Texas ruled against the Canadian company, awarding $3.1 million in damages.

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February 26, 2008 1 comment News

Desire2Learn Files Response in Patent Suit

Last month I wrote about the patent battle between Blackboard and Canada's Desire2Learn.  Desire2Learn has just filed its response in the Texas court.

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September 15, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

Canadian Online Learning Company Hit With Patent Suit

A Waterloo, Ontario company spends years developing new technologies that leverage the power of the Internet.  It develops a global following.  Then, seemingly out of the blue, it is hit with a patent infringement suit by a U.S. company, instantly facing the prospect of years of costly litigation in U.S. courts.  With limited resources, it must defend itself by arguing that the patents are invalid.

So begins my weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, BBC International version, homepage version) which does not discuss the RIM-NTP patent suit but rather the recent patent lawsuit launched by Blackboard, a learning management system company, against Desire2Learn, a Canadian competitor.  Both the patent and the lawsuit have generated enormous anger within the academic and open source software communities.

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August 14, 2006 4 comments Columns