Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Update: D2L files complaint against Blackboard

Update: The complaint filed by Desire2Learn on July 6 2009 reveals a lot of interesting information including the fact that Blackboard has just been issued another patent (#7,558,853) -- another extension to its two previous LMS patents ('138 and '396) which are not only controversial, but also currently being contested in the courts.

D2L posted their explanation of filing for this "Declaratory Judgment" against Blackboard. This action is an attempt to prevent Blackboard from further lawsuits against D2L under their latest patent ('853). D2L is formally appealing to the courts for protection due to "the existence of substantive, actual controversy".

From D2L's complaint:
This history of Blackboard’s strategy of litigation and intimidation creates a substantial controversy between D2L and Blackboard of sufficient immediacy and reality to warrant the issuance of a declaratory judgment as to the noninfringement and invalidity of the ’853 patent.

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