Top Accenture Scientist Patents Offshoring US Jobs
from the sounds-familiar? dept
theodp writes "Back in 2005, Accenture Chief Scientist Dr. Kishore Swaminathan teased in a blog entry: ‘I have an idea that could revolutionize an important area of information technology – but I cannot tell you because I might compromise Accenture’s patent rights.’ In January, Swaminathan and co-inventor Charles Nebolsky were granted U.S. patent protection for Rapid knowledge transfer among workers, which covers ‘transferring knowledge from expert workers at a client location to apprentice workers’ at ‘offshore locations such as India, the Philippines, China, etc., where labor is less expensive’. BTW, Accenture wants you experts and the EEOC to know that it’s a meritocracy that does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, which would of course break the law."
This sounds oddly familiar. Remember a few months back when it came out that IBM had applied for a patent on offshoring? After that hit the news, IBM ended up dropping the claim. Somehow I doubt Accenture will do the same.