IBM Files For Patent On Patent Trolling, But It May Be Too Late

from the different-methods-of-trolling? dept

A few folks have been submitting this story from Conceivably Tech about how IBM is applying for a patent that appears to cover some aspect of patent trolling. The patent application (20100332285), which was published just before the end of the year seeks to cover a "computerized system for an intellectual property (IP) framework" which includes what appear to be patent troll-style moves -- such as monitoring the market to find "licensing" opportunities.

Of course, IBM might be a bit late to the game. As we noted over two years ago, it looked like Halliburton (yes, Halliburton) was applying for a patent on patent trolling -- and that patent was a lot more explicit. So perhaps IBM may find that there's a fair amount of prior art to deal with...


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    Jay (profile), Jan 4th, 2011 @ 2:38am

    I...

    I...

    I have no words...

    I should make a book called "Trolling for Dummies"

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 5th, 2011 @ 5:03am

      Re: "Trolling for Dummies"

      There is no better place to look then TechDIRT.

      Ronald J. Riley,

      President - www.PIAUSA.org - RJR at PIAUSA.org

      Other Affiliations:
      Executive Director - www.InventorEd.org - RJR at InvEd.org
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      Ronald J Riley (profile), Jan 5th, 2011 @ 5:04am

      Re: "Trolling for Dummies"

      There is no better place to look then TechDIRT.

      Ronald J. Riley,

      President - www.PIAUSA.org - RJR at PIAUSA.org

      Other Affiliations:
      Executive Director - www.InventorEd.org - RJR at InvEd.org
      Senior Fellow - www.PatentPolicy.org
      President - Alliance for American Innovation
      Caretaker of Intellectual Property Creators on behalf of deceased founder Paul Heckel
      Washington, DC
      Direct (202) 318-1595 - 9 am to 9 pm EST.

       

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    Johnny, Jan 4th, 2011 @ 3:08am

    This great

    First step on the way to self-annihilation of the patent system.

     

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    Josef Anvil (profile), Jan 4th, 2011 @ 3:28am

    LOL

    You have to admire the guts it takes to file for these types of patents. We are only in shock because we don't have the guts to do things this obvious and silly.

    Common sense hinders most patent applications. I never would have thought to patent things like clicking on an icon to buy something. It seems that the patent office is allowing people to patent just about anything online because they dont understand how the web or browsers work. It all seems so NEW to the USPTO.

     

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      Richard (profile), Jan 4th, 2011 @ 4:39am

      Re: LOL

      It all seems so NEW to the USPTO.

      Maybe someone should apply for a patent on "being a patent office" when the USPTO grants said patent they can then sue the USPTO for infringement!

       

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      Ronald J Riley (profile), Jan 5th, 2011 @ 5:08am

      Re: LOL

      "We are only in shock because we don't have the guts to do things this obvious and silly."

      What you see with IBM is the fate of most large companies. They file minor patents because they are no longer able to produce significant inventions.

      Small business uses the patent system very differently.

      Ronald J. Riley,

      President - www.PIAUSA.org - RJR at PIAUSA.org

      Other Affiliations:
      Executive Director - www.InventorEd.org - RJR at InvEd.org
      Senior Fellow - www.PatentPolicy.org
      President - Alliance for American Innovation
      Caretaker of Intellectual Property Creators on behalf of deceased founder Paul Heckel
      Washington, DC
      Direct (202) 318-1595 - 9 am to 9 pm EST.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 4th, 2011 @ 4:16am

    Maybe we'll get to see two trolls fighting each other to death to see who gets the right to abuse the system.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 4th, 2011 @ 6:33am

    Pretty soon you won't even be able to take a sh*t without paying one of these as*holes.

     

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    John Smith, Jan 4th, 2011 @ 7:20am

    lol

    Make sure you quench trolls with fire, or acid.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 4th, 2011 @ 8:27am

    Not surprising

    There are four patents on using a laser pointer to tease a cat. There was a previous patent on using a flashlight to tease a cat, but that apparently did not constitute prior art. This patent does not surprise me at all.

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Jan 4th, 2011 @ 8:30am

    Done Deal

    So perhaps IBM may find that there's a fair amount of prior art to deal with...

    So IBM will get the patent no problem then.

     

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    Chris in Utah (profile), Jan 4th, 2011 @ 2:18pm

    One more dam reason to hate Bush. (PSA: Halliburton owned by Bushes, funds war, oil & apparently stifling creativity with patent trolling) Fund both sides and profit on both ends while taking more control. Whats that quote? Doing the darkest things in the newest ways.

     

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      youignorantpeople (profile), Jan 5th, 2011 @ 7:52am

      Re: Chris in Utah

      The Bushes never owned Halliburton. Halliburton is a publicly traded company. It is owned buy thousands of stockholders. Dick Cheney was CEO many years ago. Before he was ever Vice President. When he was VP he had no stake in Halliburton. The Bushes don't own Dick Cheney nor does Dick Cheney own the Bushes. Get your facts straight before jumping on the Bush Bash train

       

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    Ronald J Riley (profile), Jan 5th, 2011 @ 5:01am

    IBM Dieing A Slow Death - In Decline For Decades

    While I was a hardware engineer first I started programming over forty years ago. At that time IBM was riding high. I was a teenager and worshiped IBM. As I became older I came to appreciate that IBM and for that matter most large companies had lots of warts. By the time I got out of high school I did not want anything to do with working for big companies.

    Look at IBM today, they are a ghost of their former self. IBM still makes a great deal of money but the seeds of their destruction have been growing for a long time.

    Today we see IBM following behind Microsoft like a puppy. For example, five years ago Microcrap demanded Patent Deform and a month later IBM was the second to make the demand. While IBM started as a real inventor and evolved to become a parasite over time Microsoft started as a parasite from the beginning. Today they both remind me of the ending of Animal Farm.

    Our patent system serves small and large entities alike, but they use the system in very different ways. Small companies build their fortunes on a small number of significant patented inventions while big companies file large quantities of marginal incremental patents.

    IBM is the king of massive patent filings, most of which a small entity would never consider.

    Microsoft, IBM and other members of the Piracy Cross Coalition want to cement their stagnate market positions by disenfranchising small entity inventors. That is the essence of Patent Deform.

    Ronald J. Riley,

    President - www.PIAUSA.org - RJR at PIAUSA.org

    Other Affiliations:
    Executive Director - www.InventorEd.org - RJR at InvEd.org
    Senior Fellow - www.PatentPolicy.org
    President - Alliance for American Innovation
    Caretaker of Intellectual Property Creators on behalf of deceased founder Paul Heckel
    Washington, DC
    Direct (202) 318-1595 - 9 am to 9 pm EST.

     

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