Open source lawyers take on e-learning patent
The Software Freedom Law Center has filed a request with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that is seeking to invalidate an "Internet-Based Education Support System" patent that is owned by e-learning provider Blackboard.
Blackboard develops course management system applications that allow teachers in educational institutions and corporations to develop and support online courses including instructions, assignments and reading materials.
The SFLC filed its request on behalf of the Sakai, Moodle and ATutor open source e-learning projects.
"In a free society, there is no room for a monopoly on any part of the educational process," said Eben Moglen, executive director of the SFLC.