IBM's Where-in-HQ-is-Samuel-J-Palmisano? Patent

from the patents-at-work dept

theodp writes "The next time IBM CEO Samuel J. Palmisano is late for a big meeting and can't be reached via his BlackBerry, the other attendees will thankfully have a patent-pending way of finding him. In its just-disclosed patent application for a Method for Exploitation of Location Proximity to Derive a Location of an Employee in a Corporation, Big Blue describes an 'invention' of two of its PhDs that could be used to track Palmisano down - call or IM those who sit near Sam's office and ask if they've seen him. By the way, IBM VP David Kappos, who recently lamented the diminished quality of patents in the US, is a frontrunner to be the next Director of the USPTO - perhaps he could comment on the patent-worthiness of this invention."


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    Matthew, Jun 19th, 2009 @ 3:21am

    Calling the people who sit near Sam isn't novel. Identifying those people automatically may be. Cataloging who is a neighbor to whom and having an automated system to poll those people in response to a query about Sam's location is. Moving forward, using records of Sam's last-best location (he swiped his badge to get into the copy center or he sent an email 20 minutes ago), identify the people who are seated near that location and ask them as well as the people who are permanently located near Sam's permanent location.

     

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    mermaldad (profile), Jun 19th, 2009 @ 4:15am

    Wow

    Wow, it took two of IBM's PhDs to come up with that?

     

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    haiku, Jun 19th, 2009 @ 4:31am

    One of the PABX manufacturers offered a similar system 20+ years ago using smart badges within proximity loops.

    No need for call forwarding - the system automatically forwarded your call to the handset nearest your [badge's] location.

     

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    haiku, Jun 19th, 2009 @ 4:38am

    One of the PABX manufacturers offered a similar system 20+ years ago using smart badges within proximity loops.

    No need for call forwarding - the system automatically forwarded your call to the handset nearest your [badge's] location.

     

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    John Duncan Yoyo (profile), Jun 19th, 2009 @ 4:46am

    I use a similar system with my cat-a bell around it's neck.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2009 @ 4:59am

    Prior art! We use to do this where I worked all the time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2009 @ 6:04am

    Don't people at IBM have cell phones?

     

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    angry dude, Jun 19th, 2009 @ 6:19am

    IBM forever

    Good news for IBM "inventors" of the toilet reservation system on airplanes and other brilliant breakthroughs coming from Big Blue

    IBM lawyer David Kappos just got nominated by Bab-bam as a next PTO director

    Heck, why not nominate Bernie Madoff as a head of SEC ?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2009 @ 8:27am

    lol

    wtf

     

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    VX, Jun 19th, 2009 @ 8:33am

    Is it April 1st again already?

    Apparently IBM hasn't been hit to hard by the recession. This is probably just a joke, but applying for a patent is pretty expensive.

     

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    Ron (profile), Jun 19th, 2009 @ 8:49am

    Ummm...

    This is a joke, right?

    April fools??

    I have GOT to start submitting some patents. I have crap ideas like this all the time.

     

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    Matt, Jun 19th, 2009 @ 10:34am

    Does prior art in a work of fiction count?

    Picard:
    Computer, locate Lt Cmdr Data.

    Computer:
    Lt Cmdr Data is in his quarters.

     

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    ak, Jun 19th, 2009 @ 10:36am

    wow...inspired me to come up with two great patentworthy ideas

    1. call any two random guys in the office....if they know -good, if not, ask them to call another two guys and so on. yes, yes, it might keep th whole office busy-but u wud find the guy for sure

    2. leave a voice mail on his cell phone-exactly 12 seconds to be precise (thats novel, isn't it?)-build a system to automatically extract his phone number from the directory

    man, i suddenly feel a heightened sense of intelligence

     

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    Dr. Jochen L. Leidner, Jun 19th, 2009 @ 5:11pm

    Prior art?

    Here's a way of tracing somebody in your office building:
    http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/research/dtg/attarchive/ab.html

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2009 @ 6:58pm

    If I have a business that uses an intercom system, do I have to pay royalties ?

     

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    PrometheeFeu (profile), Jun 20th, 2009 @ 6:51am

    I assume this is a prank by the IBM people. It has to be. Or IBM should disband and all its employees jump off a bridge!

     

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