Daniel Staemmler

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Software Freedom Law Center doubts Blackboard Patent

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) filed a formal request with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for re-examination of Blackboard’s e-Learning patent (received in January 2006). If the request will be successful 44 claims of the patent will be canceled. The USPTO know has three month to decide upon the request and any action steps that may follow. If the patent is not going to be revoked Blackboard will have the monopole for software application that make a distinction between the roles of teachers and students.

The full version of the re-examination request is available form the SFLC website.

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