Desire2Learn initiates the Desire2Learn Million$Mission for Education appealing to Blackboard Inc. to put education first and stop prolonging unwarranted litigation
Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn) a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, today, in a letter from John Baker, Desire2Learn President and CEO, to Michael Chasen, President and CEO Blackboard (NASDAQ: BBBB), invited Blackboard to join Desire2Learn in putting education first. This action was taken in response to Blackboard’s recent decision to file suit against Desire2Learn.
“Our mission is to advance teaching and learning. There is no greater need, in these uncertain times, than for education to develop leaders, visionaries, scientists, humanitarians and entrepreneurs,” stated John Baker. “Expending energy and financial resources in unnecessary patent litigation is contrary to this purpose. Through our Million$Mission, we can contribute and demonstrate to educators and students everywhere that education, not litigation, counts.”
Briefly, the proposal states:
- Blackboard drop its recently-filed lawsuit in a timely manner.
- In return, Desire2Learn will donate $1,000,000 to non-profit schools and educational organizations.
- Blackboard is invited to join Desire2Learn with its own donation.
- Up to 50% of the Desire2Learn donation will be directed toward schools in need in and around the Washington, D.C. area, the home of Blackboard.
Blackboard recently learned that the Texas Court again denied its (second) motion for contempt launched at Desire2Learn. Immediately following the Court’s Order, Blackboard filed suit against Desire2Learn once again in the U.S. District Court for the District of Texas (Lufkin Division), this time using its most recent patent award as the basis. Upon hearing this news Desire2Learn announced Blackboard’s latest action to its clients in a letter dated March 19, 2009.
Desire2Learn does not infringe, and does not want to infringe, on the latest or any Blackboard software patents.
“We are asking Blackboard to make a choice: support education or litigation. By taking this immediate action together we can make a positive and lasting impact on education, while still respecting each other’s intellectual property,” Baker requested.
One million dollars from Desire2Learn can make a significant difference for thousands of students through the purchase of laptops, technology, supplies and other much needed educational support. Blackboard can contribute to that impact and, perhaps with matching grants, the effect could be multiplied even further.
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About Desire2Learn Incorporated
Desire2Learn Incorporated is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, values, goals, pedagogical approaches and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than five million learners worldwide and clients include higher education, K-12, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, call 1.888.772.0325 or 1.519.772.0325.
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