Blackboard patent to be reexamined

According to Groklaw, the US Patent and Trademark Office will be examining Blackboard’s e-learning patent and all 44 associated claims, due to requests from the Software Freedom Law Center. The request was filed on behalf of Sakai, Moodle, and ATutor, open source educational products.

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  1. Kevin Hermansen said,

    September 21, 2007 @ 5:34 pm

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