John Mayer, Executive Director of CALI (Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) and blogger at CALIoplis, has done a great service to the community by posting a pithy podcast interview with Professor Vince Chiapetta, an expert on patent law at Willamette University College of Law. Chiapetta is graduate of MIT and University of Michigan Law School (magna cum laude).
I will comment on some of the key themes in future postings, but one item we can lay to rest once and for all is Blackboard's continuing deceptive claim that its patent scope is "limited".
The next time Matthew Small, Blackboard's general counsel, says that the patent is "limited", don't believe him and don't be fooled. All he means is that the patent is finite and doesn't cover everything. In that sense every patent is limited because every patent is finite in scope.