Campus Technology has some color on the verdict:
Blackboard was seeking $17 million in lost revenue, as well as an injunction against the company, which is based in Canada.
After a day of deliberation, the jury found the patent valid but suggested that Blackboard should be awarded only $3 million, according to coverage posted on Desire2Learn’s Web site.
We still don’t know a lot of the details of the ruling, which could be quite complex. Keep in mind, too, that there are still two challenges to the patent in the US Patent and Trademark Office, and that Desire2Learn has the right to an appeal the court ruling (although they haven’t yet said whether they will pursue that particular avenue).
I have a wicked nasty case of the flu right now, so this will be my last post for the evening. But there will be more coming, including what I’m sure will be an illuminating discussion of the verdict by guest poster Jim Farmer.