February 23, 2008
The jury, after deliberating much of Thursday and Friday morning, awarded Blackboard $2.5 million for lost profits and $630,000 in royalties.
The trial had lasted two weeks; 22 witnesses testified, some by video.
Desire2Learn's continuing cry is that the patent was anticipated by prior art. Some university customers rallied to the cause, with prior art punting in Wikipedia to boot the patent, but it came to naught.
Blackboard, raking in $239.4 million in 2007, is by far the largest company
selling course-management software.
Desire2Learn's collegiate customers are fretting that it could raise the cost of the software. Edward Meachen, computing poo-bah for the University of Wisconsin: "This is a problem." The concept of intellectual property is not exactly on Ed's radar.
Posted by Patent Hawk at February 23, 2008 7:04 PM | Damages
Hawk, rightly or wrongly, I would characterize your tone as "Life's not fair. Better get used to it" which strikes me as a bit ironic, given that the factor that raises the costs of litigation in USA, to orders of magnitude higher than anywhere else in the world is....wait for it....equity.
Posted by: MaxDrei at February 24, 2008 5:59 AM