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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
Blumenstyk, Goldie – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
This article reports on a conflict between the inventor of a medicine for dry eyes and the university where she worked, which highlights the pitfalls in commercialization of academic discoveries. Renee L. Kaswan, the former professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Georgia has been prodding the institution to be more aggressive in…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Intellectual Property, Business, Employer Employee Relationship
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
Andrews, Lori B. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2006
The boundaries of academic freedom may be greatly constrained by the US Supreme Court in 2006 in the "Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings v. Metabolite Laboratories Inc." case, which threatens the essence of campus life, namely, the freedom to think and publish. The case highlights the fact that by considering publishing and thinking about…
Descriptors: Intellectual Property, Academic Freedom, Court Litigation, Higher Education
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 January 14, 2005 issue of "Chronicle for Higher Education" includes the following articles: (1) "Utopia College: A Distinctive Alternative" (Nemko, Marty); (2)…
Descriptors: College Administration, Criticism, Films, Writing (Composition)