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The Blackboard Patent Pledge

Blackboard hereby commits not to assert any of the U.S. patents listed below, as well as all counterparts of these patents issued in other countries, against the development, use or distribution of Open Source Software or Home-Grown Systems to the extent that such Open Source Software and Home-Grown Systems are not Bundled with proprietary software.

Issued Patents:

7,493,396
Internet Based Support System and Methods

7,558,853
Internet Based Support System and Methods

       
Pending Patent Applications:

12/470,739
Internet Based Support System and Methods

10/443,149
Internet Based Education Support System and Method with Multi-Language Capability

10/643,075
Internet Based Education Support System, Method and Medium with Modular Text-Editing Component for Use in a Web-Based Application

10/653,074
Internet Based Education Support System, Method and Medium Providing Security Attributes in Modular, Extensible Components

11/142,965
Content and Portal Systems and Associated Methods

10/373,924
Method and System for Conducting Online Transactions

10/918,016
Content System and Associated Methods


The commitment not to assert any of these named U.S. patents and all counterparts of these patents issued in other countries is irrevocable except that Blackboard reserves the right to terminate this patent pledge and commitment only with regard to any party who files a lawsuit asserting patents or other intellectual property rights against Blackboard or its parent or subsidiaries.  This pledge is binding on Blackboard’s successors and assigns.

For more information about this pledge, please see the list of Frequently Asked Questions, or contact Blackboard’s Chief Legal Officer at CLO@blackboard.com.