NPE Sues Blackboard
- May 26, 2012
Richard A. Williamson [NPE] filed suit against Blackboard over a patent related to distance-learning applications. The complaint is currently unavailable. Williamson has filed three prior suits since November 2002 against more than 20 defendants, including Adobe, AT&T, Cisco, Citrix, IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, and Verizon. Blackboard filed an action for declaratory judgment against Williamson and At Home Bondholders’ Liquidating Trust on May 20, 2012. The patent-in-suit originated with At Home Corporation, and At Home Bondholders’ Liquidating Trust is listed as the current assignee according to the PTO. Regarding an earlier suit against AT&T and Verizon, Bloomberg reported that Williamson is the trustee for At Home. 5/18, Central District of California, Judge John A. Kronstadt, 2:2012cv04335.