I’ve just spoken to IP Australia’s Customer Service helpline. I have to say, they were exceedingly friendly and helpful – excellent customer service – and provided me with some great information on heading off an e-learning fiasco in Australia.
While patents in Australia can’t be protested until they are granted (when there is a consideration period of three months), if a prior notification of prior art is lodged, it will be placed on file. (It’s possible that Blackboard waited for a similar protest period to elapse in the USA before making their announcement).
The address to write to is:
PO Box 200 Woden
ACT 2606 AUSTRALIA
The patents lodged by Blackboard are as follows:
|2003237918||Internet-based education support system and method with multi-language capability||22 MAY 2003||WO03100745|
|2003263854||Internet-based education support system, method and medium providing security attributes in modular, extensible components||19 AUGUST 2003|
|2003263855||Internet-based education support system, method and medium with modular text-editing component for use in a web-based application||19 AUGUST 2003|
|2004265995||Content system and associated methods||13 AUGUST 2004||WO2005017697|
|2005203324||Internet-based education support system and methods||28 JULY 2005|