Still, I apologize as a US citizen for any inconvenience or anxiety that our litigious society may cause
The real damage here is to BB's reputation. I (and lots of others I know) will never again willingly use a BB product.
And for those who have not seen it, the Slashdot article is here: http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/02/25/2345211.
I guess no matter how deeply I involve myself in the concept of "VLE" this sort of carry on comes from a different place altogether.
The story sounds too much like the demise of SCO
Update: Blackboard Defends Patent, Files More Claims
As we reported last week, Blackboard has responded to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, urging it to rescind its rejection of the company's electronic learning patent. Blackboard has also appended new claims to the patent. Rival Desire2Learn accused Blackboard of reversing its position on the reexamination.