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Blackboard Settles Longstanding Patent Fight With Rival Desire2Learn
December 16, 2009

Just weeks ago Blackboard said it would appeal its patent battle against rival Desire2Learn all the way to the Supreme Court, but on Tuesday both companies announced that they have settled th…

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Blackboard vs. Desire2Learn
July 27, 2009

The Federal Circuit has ruled in favor of Desire2Learn across the board and confirmed that all 38 patent claims asserted by Blackboard are invalid. Case decided July 27, 2009. …

Online-learning patent dispute heats up
September 19, 2007

The patent dispute heats up between enterprise software makers Blackboard Inc. and Desire2Learn Inc. over patent rights that Blackboard was granted in January 2006 for its course-management softw…

Software Patents: Why Should We Care?
January 1, 2007

© 2007 Alfred H. Essa. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License ( ). EDUCAUSE Revie…

EDUCAUSE Board Letter to Blackboard
January 1, 2006

October 9, 2006 letter to Blackboard concerning it's law suit claiming patent infringement against Desire2Learn. October 9, 2006 letter to Blackbo…

Changing Course Management Systems: Lessons Learned
January 1, 2005

Research in Brief Changing Course Management Systems: Lessons Learned Converting a Blackboard course to Desire2Learn taught us some of the hazards and benefits of changing course management…

Action Research Meets Outcomes Assessment: UA's VALA and the D2L LMS
January 1, 2004

The use of learning management system (LMS) software affords new opportunities to infuse and support a scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education. The Virtual Adaptive Learning Archit…

John Thomson

Learning Platform Administrator

Stanford University

Stanford, California


John Thomson
Matthew Koch

Director of Technology Development and Support

Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania


Matthew Koch
Kyle Mackie

Director, Kyle Mackie Consulting Ltd

Guelph, Ontario


Kyle Mackie