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Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
In March the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a preliminary decision that could have significant ramifications for universities that use course-management software, as well as for the companies that make it. The "nonfinal" decision rejects all 44 claims Blackboard Inc. made for its controversial patent of an online-learning system.…
Descriptors: Intellectual Property, Court Litigation, Computer Software, Educational Technology
Mangan, Katherine – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
A federal jury in Texas awarded Blackboard Inc. $3.1-million last month, saying that a smaller Canadian competitor, Desire2Learn Inc., had infringed Blackboard's patent for a system of delivering course materials online. The case has been closely watched by campus-technology officials, many of whom feared that a Blackboard win could stifle…
Descriptors: Intellectual Property, Computer Software, Court Litigation, Educational Technology
Carnevale, Dan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Many college officials have criticized Blackboard Inc. for its patent on its course-management system, arguing that the patent is overly broad and seems to cover the entire concept of online learning. Critics of Blackboard and other companies that have patents on learning technology are welcoming a recent Supreme Court ruling that they hope may…
Descriptors: Intellectual Property, Court Litigation, Information Technology, Educational Technology
Chronicle of Higher Education, 2005
"Chronicle of Higher Education" presents an abundant source of news and information for college and university faculty members and administrators. This April 8, 2005 issue of "Chronicle for Higher Education" includes the following articles: (1) "Words Worth Their Weight in Cash" (Markin, Karen); (2) "Diary of a…
Descriptors: Grants, Higher Education, Educational Finance, Academic Freedom
Chronicle of Higher Education, 2004
"Chronicle of Higher Education" presents an abundant source of news and information for college and university faculty members and administrators. This July 2, 2004 issue of "Chronicle of Higher Education" includes the following articles: (1) "The Provost as Gatekeeper: A Former Provost Offers Advice on Managing the…
Descriptors: Department Heads, Tenure, College Faculty, Plagiarism
Chronicle of Higher Education, 2004
"Chronicle of Higher Education" presents an abundant source of news and information for college and university faculty members and administrators. This August 13, 2004 issue of "Chronicle of Higher Education" includes the following articles: (1) "Don't Be That Guy" (Ben-Al, Sarah; Sterritt, David); (2) "A Diverse…
Descriptors: Career Development, Higher Education, Diversity (Faculty), Sociology