Blackboard Files ITC Suit Over E-Learning Software

Law360, New York (April 22, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Educational software maker Blackboard Inc. has taken its patent battle with Canadian rival Desire2Learn Inc. over online course management systems to the U.S. International Trade Commission.

In a complaint filed Monday, Washington, D.C.-based Blackboard claims Desire2Learn's Learning Environment version 8.3 violates Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 because it infringes Blackboard's patent.

The product was designed to avoid infringement after a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found in February 2008 that Desire2Learn's Learning Environment software infringed three...
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