CNET reports that the Software Freedom Law Center has asked the United States Patent Office to re-examine a patent awarded to Blackboard. The open-source group claims that Blackboard’s patent is bogus and that it could undermine other education projects that the center represents. Sakai, Moodle, and ATutor could all be adversely affected by the patent. Blackboard’s patent is titled: “Internet-based education support system and methods” and pertains to the central feature of the company’s software: the ability to grant different people access rights to online resources such as grades and other learning materials. Richard Fontana, a patent attorney for the Software Freedom Law Center says that it is a “junk patent,” and that the patent’s claims “effectively cover just about any e-learning software that is currently in use.” …