Monday, July 31, 2006

Blackboard Patents the LMS

Blackboard patents the LMS?! ... The US Patent and Trademark Office has apparently granted Blackboard a patent for...well...pretty much anything remotely related to learning management systems. As I read it, Blackboard basically owns the patent on any sort of groupware at all that is used for teaching purposes. This could have very serious consequences for both proprietary and Open Source competitors-- another nail in the coffin for open learning.

Educational institutions should take note - Blackboard is obviously out to control the marketplace, and control the automated learning system.

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