Desire2Learn Appeals and Wins Patent Dispute

by Henry Finn

Desire2Learn has been engaged in a legal battle with its primary competitor Blackboard Inc. since 2006 when Blackboard filed a suit claiming Desire2Learn was infringing on its patents. The two companies make educational software, enabling teachers to create their own websites and run classes online.

The lawsuit is now a little closer to a resolution after a U.S. federal court of appeals overturned a lower Texas court verdict that found Desire2Learn in violation of 3 Blackboard patent claims. The court also upheld an earlier ruling that 35 of Blackboards patent claims are invalid.

Desire2Learn president and chief executive officer John Baker was thrilled with the outcome, "..for us it was a decisive victory that [has] been three years in the making". If the ruling is upheld the company will recoup $3.1 million it paid in damages plus Blackboards legal costs. The company is looking forward to putting the issue behind them and is expecting the U.S. Patent Office's final decision on Blackboards patents soon.

D2L Corporation
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Founded in 1999, D2L is a leader in providing innovative eLearning solutions to academic and other leading organizations around the world. more

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Henry Finn

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Henry Finn is Techvibes Community Manager for the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Henry is a recent graduate from the University of Waterloo where he majored in Economics and minored in Management, East Asian Studies, and International Studies. He is looking forward to showcasing some of Waterloo's latest tech startups and providing readers with an in depth informative read. Currently Henry is... more

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