Online Testing Patented. "As of last week, Test Central Inc. in Cleveland owns the U.S. patent to conduct testing via the Internet and, in essence, owns the online testing business. Its a market that exceeds $10 billion a year, according to a study by Gartner Inc. [Lockergnome's Bits and Bytes]
Not quite as drastic as it sounds since the 'novelty' of the patent seems to be revenue sharing. But this is still absolute madness (the US, again!). Test Central Inc. are here and rather pleased with themselves - they do surveys, how strict is the patent - just asking questions or asking questions for a particular purpose?