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Trend: A Patent Dilemma

Provoking a furious reaction in the educational technology community, Blackboard, an enterprise learning management system provider, unveiled a U.S. patent for 44 features of learning management systems (LMS) on July 26, 2006 (cf. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2006), and almost immediately filed suit against a Canadian company, Desire2Learn, for patent infringement. In addition, Blackboard announced in its July press release, "patents corresponding with the U.S. patent have been issued i

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