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Why software patents are a serious pain

ArsTechnica had a story on
a company named BlackBoard acquiring a patent in relation to e-learning systems. Here’s a snippet:

a broad e-learning patent held by education and course management software company Blackboard. The patent, which was awarded in January of this year, covers “Internet-based education support system and methods” … Specifically, the patent describes an Internet system in which different access rights to various course management resources can be granted to different users.

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  1. Josh Glover | December 9, 2006 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    Crappy indeed. A friend of mine used to work for Blackboard, and he does not think too highly of the suits over there.