[SLED] Blackboard + Patents

Julie Anne Zwicker jaz at pleiades.ca
Wed Aug 2 07:27:23 PDT 2006


It's so easy to escape through the cracks of the patent office. We once
had an online pornography and cyber escort website infringe on our
company's name, because they pretended they weren't related to computers
when they acquired the patent.

It was a... messy situation.

On Wed, 2 Aug 2006, Harold Jones wrote:

> I am confused.  Didn't CDC do this with their Plato system in the 1960's?
> And again, followed by IBM?
>
> I know that my company created hardware and software in 1976
> for the online educational environment. Also, in 1982 I built
> and sold a system similar to that patented by BlackBoard to
> Georgia Tech, Pepperdine University, Mattel Electronics, the
> San Diego County Department of Education and the Alaska Department
> of Education for distance learning.
>
> The criminals here are both the lawyers who swore that the
> search for prior art was valid, as well as the USPTO for
> allowing such a broad patent.
>
> Cheers,
> Harry
> ===
> -----Original Message-----
> From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com
> [mailto:educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com]On Behalf Of Jonathan
> Freedman
> Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 5:43 AM
> To: Educators interested in using Second Life as a teaching platform.
> Subject: [SLED] Blackboard + Patents
>
>
> Hello Everyone
>
> Saw this on slashdot just now... It's a shame that patents like this are
> still being awarded. I guess it's time for my firm to dig out =our= prior
> art. We have been working with our own LMS for several years now.
>
> http://mfeldstein.com/index.php/weblog/permalink/blackboard_patents_the_lms
>
> The lovely part is depending how you read the document... It covers
> education via SL as well.
>
> "The establishment of the course includes an instructor user generating a
> set of course files for use with teaching the course, then transferring
> the course files to a server computer for storage thereat, and then making
> access to the course files available to a predefined community of student
> users having access to the server computer over a network."
>
> "An asynchronous communication tool accessible to student users enrolled
> in the course may be provided for enabling asynchronous communication
> amongst the student users."
>
> Jonathan Freedman
> Vice President
> Pleiades Consulting
> (902) 444-4335 x400
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