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

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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 says:

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.

ak says:

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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