Just where this thing ends is anyones guess but the US Patent Office has dealt a severe blow to Blackboard’s already shaky patent claims. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in late March took “non-final” action that deemed all of Blackboard’s 44 patents invalid.
In case you were not plugged in, Blackboard and Canadian e-learning software company Desire2Learn have been slugging at it since Blackboard was granted patents (some say dubiously). It still remains to be seen what the jury in Texas will do as this case is by no means over.
Get the rest of the Blackboard patent story here.
The eLearning Africa 2008 conference programme is now online.
With more than 240 speakers from 51 countries, 4 plenary sessions, 66
sessions in 11 parallel conference strands, 48 demonstrations and best
practice examples, 15 workshops and a number of exciting new features,
the event will again be a landmark in pan-African capacity building for
ICT-enhanced education and training.
This event is being hosted by Ghana, West Africa. eLearning
Africa has become the premier capacity-building event for
technology-enhanced education and training on the African
For more information or to register, go to: http://www.elearning-africa.com/
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